Recent North Side robbery case outcomes


Three people facing robbery charges for hold-ups on the North Side have reached plea deals. Here are the details:

Amarilys Del Rio | IDOC

A woman who robbed a Roscoe Village grocery store while free on bail for a similar robbery in Bucktown has been sentenced to a pair of consecutive four-year prison terms.

Amarilys Del Rio, 33, pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery in a plea deal with prosecutors. With credit for 243 days served while awaiting trial and a 50% sentence reduction for good behavior, she will be paroled in November 2022.

Del Rio walked into the Jewel-Osco at 3400 North Western around 2 a.m. on March 15 and began stealing merchandise, prosecutors said.

Employees struggled with Del Rio at the exit until she said, “I’m going to stab you with my knife,” while displaying what may have been a nail file. 

Del Rio spat in the face of a 59-year-old Jewel worker and headed toward the doors saying, “I am going to get my gun and pop the f*ck out of this place,” employees reported. Police arrested her nearby.

Four months earlier, a judge ordered Del Rio held without bail after prosecutors charged her with two counts of aggravated robbery. Police said she threatened to stab employees who tried to prevent her from stealing $1,247 worth of merchandise from Mariano’s at 2112 North Ashland.

But Judge Travis Richardson later reduced Del Rio’s bail to $10,000, which allowed her to go free by posting a bond of $1,000. She subsequently robbed the Jewel-Osco.

Judge William O’Brien oversaw the plea deal and sentencing.

Alphanso Talley | IDOC

• Alphanso Talley, who was charged with robbing two men near Boystown and three others on a River North subway platform in 2017, has pleaded guilty to four counts of felony robbery.

Judge Catherine Haberkorn sentenced him to four concurrent seven-year terms with 682 days credit for time served. Talley will be paroled on April 30, 2021, if he earns the state’s 50% sentence reduction for good behavior.

The 20-year-old was charged with robbing two men as they walked through an alley on the 3200 block of North Clark around 2:45 a.m. on Oct. 14, 2017. Talley got away, but a 15-year-old boy who was carrying a fake handgun and credit cards belonging to one of the victims was arrested nearby.

One week later, Talley robbed three men on the Grand Red Line platform while implying that he was armed with a handgun, prosecutors said. He was arrested about two weeks later when police officers recognized him as he walked in River North.

Judge Catherine Haberkorn handled the case and sentencing. 

Wayne Jones | IDOC

• A carer felon who has been sentenced to a combined 70 years in prison since 1983 just completed his shortest stay in a penitentiary. He walked into Stateville on Oct. 3 and walked out later the same day.

Wayne Jones, 57, was on parole for robbery when he allegedly wielded a baton and threatened a clerk who tried to make him pay for a can of Coors Light at a Boystown convenience store on Sept. 6, 2017.

Police arrested him near the store at 3726 North Broadway a few minutes later.

He pleaded guilty last week to using a weapon as a felon and received a sentence of three years from Judge Lauren Edidin. A 744 day credit for time served reduced his actual in-prison time down to a matter of hours.

State records show he reported to prison last Thursday and was released the same day. He will be on parole for one year. According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Jones’ previous prison sentences include:

  • Four years for aggravated battery of a merchant in 2008
  • Three years for retail theft in 2007
  • A concurrent three-year sentence for retail theft in 2007
  • Two years for retail theft in 2006
  • Three years for retail theft in 2004
  • Eighteen months for retail theft in 2002
  • Thirteen years for carjacking in 1995
  • Two years for narcotics in 1994
  • Five years for aggravated battery in 1987
  • A concurrent ten-year term for robbery in 1987
  • Five years for burglary in 1983
  • A concurrent five-year term for theft in 1983
  • Another concurrent five-year term for burglary in 1983
  • Yet another concurrent five-year term for burglary in 1983

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