A Savanna, Ill., man has been sentenced to up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in connection with trying to steal money from two pizza restaurant employees in May.

Marquez A. Martinez, 22, was sentenced late last week on one count each of conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, willful injury causing bodily injury and assault while participating in a felony. He was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on the first charge and up to five years on each of the other two counts. The sentences will be served consecutively.

He is the first of three men to be sentenced in the case that accused them of the May 16 assault on two Domino's Pizza workers who had driven across the street from their workplace to make a deposit at Citizens First Bank in the 1300 block of North Second Street around 12:30 a.m. that day.

According to court records, Martinez and the two other men, Justin Longmire, 20, and Robert Crampton, 22 — both of whom have pleaded guilty in recent weeks — tried to take the money bag from one of the two workers and that worker was hit in the head with a brick and started bleeding. The other employee called 911 and watched as the three fled the scene and toward Jewel-Osco.

The three were apprehended a short time later in a Grand Am after a police officer saw them drive by him and roll through a stop sign as they headed over the North Bridge. They continued over the North Bridge at a speed of greater than 70 miles per hour, with the Clinton officer in pursuit and they were stopped by two Fulton, Ill., police vehicles, the court affidavit states.

Police said in court records that a juvenile was in the car with the three men, but was not involved in the scuffle at the bank; and instead was sitting in the Grand Am in the Jewel-Osco parking lot. Police say he told them that the three had said, prior to the incident, that they were going to go get some money.

The three were arrested and charged with first-degree robbery.

Longmire pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit a forcible felony, willful injury causing bodily injury and extortion. He will be sentenced 9 a.m. Oct. 6.

Crampton pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery, willful injury causing bodily injury, assault while participating in a felony and extortion. His sentencing is set for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 22.

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