A second drug dealer is headed to prison for an Elgin armed robbery that occurred during a transaction with an undercover North Central Narcotics Task Force officer.
William L. Dodd, 27, of the 500 block of Newberry Drive, Streamwood, agreed Thursday (Feb. 2, 2017) to a sentence of 26 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to armed robbery with a firearm, a Class X felony.
Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr., accepted the plea.
Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly M. Orland presented evidence during the plea hearing that co-defendant John E. Dodd, cousin of William Dodd, had made an arrangement to sell marijuana to an undercover officer for $300. The two met at about 6 p.m. Jan. 7, 2016, in the area of Lincoln and Preston avenues. John Dodd brought no marijuana with him and never planned to do so.
John Dodd got into the officer’s unmarked vehicle and asked for the money. William Dodd then stepped up to the car, pointed a gun in the officer’s face and demanded money. The officer gave the cash to John Dodd, and a struggle ensued over the gun, which discharged inside the car. No one was struck. The men fled but were captured by supporting officers.
John Dodd pleaded guilty Jan. 20, 2017, to armed robbery, a Class X felony and was sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
William Dodd‘s sentence includes a 20-year mandatory enhancement because he personally discharged a gun during the commission of the crime.
According to Illinois law, Dodd is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. He was given credit for 393 days served in the Kane County jail.
“The Dodds are violent and dangerous drug dealers. They endangered someone’s life over a small amount of drugs and cash, and they are fortunate the officer wasn’t seriously injured or killed. Our thanks to the North Central Narcotics Task Force officers who work hard to protect the community from the dangers of drugs and drug dealers,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said.