CROWN POINT | A judge on Thursday sentenced a 19-year-old Illinois man to a five-year prison term for an attempted armed robbery at the Dyer Jewel-Osco store in December 2012.
It’s the second prison term Duron Allen Pauls has received in connection with a robbery. In 2013, he was sentenced in Illinois federal court to 2.5 years in prison for a bank robbery in Homewood that occurred one week prior to the Dyer robbery attempt.
Last month, Pauls pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, a Class C felony, in a plea agreement with Lake County prosecutors.
Court records state that on Dec. 23, 2012, an off-duty Homewood police officer was in the Jewel-Osco store, 905 Joliet St., and recognized Pauls as a suspect in a bank robbery in Homewood. The Homewood police officer contacted Dyer police.
When Dyer police confronted Pauls in the store, he ran and then pulled out a revolver, aiming it at a store employee, a probable cause affidavit says. Police later found the handgun in the store.
Gabriel Pauls testified about his son’s upbringing and medical issues during the sentencing hearing.
“This is not the person I raised. Everyone who knows him says he is very considerate, helpful, willing to volunteer in shelters,” the elder Pauls said.
Duron Pauls repeatedly wiped tears from his eyes as his father testified and during Lake Criminal Court Judge Salvador Vasquez's comments prior to sentencing.
“You’re lucky you didn’t die that day,” Vasquez told Duron Pauls. “Your family did nothing wrong. ... You should have been the next success story.”
Vasquez ordered Duron Pauls’ five-year sentence to run consecutively with his 2.5-year Illinois sentence. The judge also signed an order allowing Dyer police to destroy the handgun used in the crime.