Driver Acquitted in Carol Stream Robbery Acquitted: Witnesses and Physical Evidence Were in Defendant's Favor

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Driver Acquitted in Carol Stream Robbery Acquitted: Witnesses and Physical Evidence Were in Defendant's Favor


Byline: Justin Kmitch jkmitch@dailyherald.com

The man who walked into a Carol Stream 7-Eleven about 10:15 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2015, and put a gun in the face of two clerks, demanding their money and the store's money, is serving 23 years in an Illinois prison.

The man prosecutors allege drove him to and from the store beat two counts of armed robbery Thursday in DuPage County.

A 12-member jury deliberated for less than two hours Thursday before acquitting 24-year-old Quincy Skanes, of Glen Ellyn.

Skanes did not testify and his attorneys called no witnesses in his defense. But Senior Assistant Public Defender Val Pacis and Assistant Public Defender Michael Sweeney maintained Skanes was merely an innocent pawn that snowy night when Johnny Holmes, also of Glen Ellyn, texted him for a ride home from the Carol Stream convenience store.

In their opening and closing arguments, the defense attorneys maintained it wasn't until Holmes got in the car and started counting cash, and gave Skanes $100, that Skanes realized what Holmes had done.

Less than an hour after the robbery, Glen Ellyn police officer Kevin Riggle observed a man, later identified as Holmes, walking along a street. Riggle testified Wednesday that Holmes matched the description of the man who robbed the 7-Eleven, right down to his brown boots, so he attempted to talk to Holmes.

Holmes ran about 200 yards from Riggle and another officer before he was apprehended.

Later that evening prosecutors alleged Skanes texted Holmes "Yo." When Holmes did not reply, Skanes assumed the worst and deleted all calls and texts between him and Holmes. Prosecutors said Holmes didn't have time to do the same.

"This case is all about Johnny. We've proven Johnny alone

committed this crime," Pacis said in her closing arguments. "All of the evidence points to Johnny, Johnny, Johnny."

Carol Stream police Cpl. Kelly Lally testified Thursday that after forensically examining both phones, it appeared it was actually Skanes who texted Holmes, telling him he was outside Holmes' residence and urging him to hurry up, around 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 26, 2015. …

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