Failed Armed Robery Leads to 20-Year Sentence for Nebraska Man

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Fairview Heights, Ill. – An Omaha, Nebraska man pled guilty and was sentenced yesterday to 239


months in prison for attempting to rob a Walgreens in Swansea, Illinois.

According to court documents, on Sept. 15, 2019, Christopher Easterling, 23, entered the Walgreens


located at 2532 N. Illinois Street, approached the cashier, brandished a firearm, and said “let’s


get this going, babe.” The cashier immediately ran away. After stepping behind the counter and


briefly surveying the scene, Easterling left the store without taking anything. He was apprehended


minutes later by the Swansea Police Department.

Easterling pled guilty to a three-count indictment charging him with attempted armed robbery of the


Walgreens, brandishing a firearm during the crime, and unlawful gun possession by a convicted


felon.

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In handing down the nearly 20-year sentence, Chief U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel noted


as aggravating factors that Easterling had committed the offense while on parole for another


attempted robbery in Nebraska in 2016, and that he has another robbery conviction from Nebraska in


2014.


Upon his release from prison, Easterling will serve 5 years on supervised release. The ATF and the


Swansea Police Department investigated the case.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Reppert prosecuted the case.

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