A young Pekin man will serve three years of probation for his leading role in robbing a state child case worker in a local park’s woods last August.
Jordan Baugh, 18, pleaded guilty Friday to aggravated robbery. A jail term also imposed was covered by the 161 days he’s spent in custody on bond since the incident, which also produced charges against two other adults and two juveniles.
Melvin Devall, 56, employed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, also was arrested on a charge of obstructing justice for allegedly supplying police with false information about how he came to be robbed. A formal charge has yet to be filed.
Devall was accosted by Baugh, who was armed with a BB gun, Matthew Kapp, 18, and a 16-year-old youth when he followed a 14-year-old girl into the woods at Coal Miners Park last Aug. 26, according the charges. He grabbed the weapon but was wrestled to the ground and robbed of cash.
Kapp, also of Pekin, was sentenced last month to a two-year probation term on a charge of robbery. Prosecution remains pending against Jacob Michael, 18, of Pekin, who allegedly drove the robbers from the park. The two juveniles were prosecuted in Juvenile Court.
A prosecutor cited Baugh’s prior clean criminal record, his youth and his cooperation in the case in recommending the probation term. Devall has remained on paid administrative leave from the state agency since his arrest.
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