One of two men who robbed three Northwestern University students two years ago pled guilty this week and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Timothy A. Blue, 25, of Evanston, was sentenced Monday by Judge Marguerite Quinn at the Circuit Court of Cook County in Skokie for robbing three female NU students with a handgun in the 2000 block of Pratt Court on Aug. 19, 2012.

Blue had turned himself in to Evanston Police detectives on three days later with his attorney after police released surveillance footage that showed Blue in a 7-Eleven convenience store in Skokie where one of the victims’ credit card was being used shortly after the robbery.

A screenshot from the 7-Eleven video.

Blue was identified after his arrest in a line-up and charged with the crime. The second offender was never identified and is still wanted for the incident. Blue has been in custody since his arrest.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. This means he will be out within the year

    Don't let "10 years" fool you.  This guy will be walking the streets by Christmas 2015.  Illinois is notorious in failing in terms of truth in sentencing.

    1. Not quite….

      Hmm, let's calculate this. He got a 10 year sentence, which if the 50% off for good behavior applies means only five years; And he has been in custody since he was arrested in in 2012, so they will probably give him credit for time served. Thus I make it sometime in 2017 that he should be out. Still way too soon. And his running buddy still at large; has he helped the police by telling them who they are looking for?

  2. We probably know but want to ignore the real issues

    A sociologist would probably have more complete questions, but here are a few things we need to be asking of both people charged with crimes and/or while there is a chance of children growing up properly.   Hopefully those who should be addressing the problems know the answers but those who are in the position to do something sure seem not to be doing anything.  I don’t  say these are excuses—they are problems in the family, community and churches that need to be dealt with instead of making excuses. 

    What was the age of both parents when the first child was born ?  Were one or more parents employed ? What was age of grandparents when first child was born and are they still around to help with the children ?

    Were both parents in the home when all children were born and still together?  If separated, is child support being paid promptly ?

    Unless one parent can provide all the necessary funds to keep a family together, are both parents working ?

    If a person is charged with a crime, have they had a child themselves before 20 ?  Have they graduated [not “passed through”] high school ? Had 1+ years of college or got an honorable military discharge ?

    Do parents and children attend church/synagogue/etc. weekly ?

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