Prosecutors secure 40-year sentence for defendant charged with co-offender’s murder

A man charged with murder after his co-offender was shot and killed during a 2011 botched armored truck robbery on Chicago’s West Side was sentenced to 40 years in prison today, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Robert Carey, 52, of Chicago, had previously been convicted by a jury of First Degree Murder in connection with the January 2011 attempted armed robbery in which Carey’s co-defendant was shot and killed by an armored truck driver outside of a West Side store. 

According to prosecutors, on January 28, 2011, near Chicago and Homan streets, the defendant and his co-offender, Jimmy Townsend, approached an armed guard as the guard was carrying a bag of cash from a Dollar Store to an armored car parked nearby. 

Townsend approached the guard and pointed a sawed-off shotgun at him and Carey approached the guard from the rear armed with a .22 caliber handgun.  The guard shot and killed co-offender Townsend at which time Carey struggled with the guard attempting to gain custody of the money bag.  The guard’s partner then shot and wounded Carey in the leg and head. 

Cook County Judge Matthew Coghlan sentenced Carey to the 40 year prison sentence during a hearing today at the George Leighton Criminal Courts Building.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Scott Clark and Kelly Coakley of the Felony Trial Division for their work on the case.