Illinois boy, 13, gets 7-year juvenile sentence for thefts

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A 13-year-old Rantoul boy who admitted stealing five vehicles earlier this year has been sentenced to seven years in juvenile prison after a judge rejected his pleas for another chance.

The teen was sentenced on Wednesday for the vehicle thefts, which occurred in Champaign and Urbana between June and October.

State’s Attorney Julia Rietz said that after the first vehicle theft, the boy was given a chance at a diversion program that would have kept him out of the juvenile justice system, but he stole additional vehicles.

The boy’s attorney had requested probation.

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