Sunday, May 22, 2016

The Price For Jäger, Jack, And Some Marlboros? Four Years For This Neighborhood Menace.

A neighborhood pest whose lengthy list of run-ins with businesses and residents ended after he robbed a local 7-Eleven and a Walgreens has reached a plea deal.

Bensfield (Illinois Dept of Corrections)
Raymond Bensfield, 40, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft last week and received two four-year sentences to be served concurrently.

Bensfield pretended to have a gun as he took five packs of Marlboros and two bottles of Jack Daniel’s from the 7-Eleven store at 2619 N. Clark in early January.

The next morning, Bensfield walked into the Walgreens at 2817 N. Clark and claimed to have a gun when workers tried to stop him from stealing a bottle of Jägermeister, prosecutors said.

In the months before the robberies, Bensfield was arrested several times in the same area for charges such as shoplifting, battery, and aggravated assault with a knife.

He has been sentenced to prison twice before in Illinois, receiving a three year sentence for arson in 1995 and a six year sentence for armed robbery in 2010, according to state records.

He arrived at Stateville Correctional Center in Joliet on Friday.
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  1. I read "neighborhood pest" and thought "Hey, that guy doesn't look like Ryan Brandis."

  2. Due to overcrowding, he'll be out in 2 months.

  3. A six year sentence in 2010 ? Did he just get out? Now 2 four year sentences to be served concurrently = about 6 months and he will be back on the streets.

  4. Yea if all goes well. he will be the wiser for it. The education you get in prison is priceless. Free 3 hots and a cot. coming to a hood near you...

  5. Glad this Walgreens cared enough to stop him. Not the same with others from what I hear

  6. Four years for taking cigarettes? The young guy who beat and robbed an elderly lady went away for just a couple of months. But anyway, doesn't matter. Cook County Jail is the largest mental health ward in the nation and there is no room there. This guy will be free in a few weeks to a couple of month.

  7. The judges here once again trying to balance the ratio of people in jail.Blondie is a nut job for sure,but to let someone who beat someone and left for dead and given only supervision does'nt add up.

  8. Take that mug shot down, I am going to have nightmares of cra cra staring at me.