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Kane County State’s Attorney Reaches Plea Deal With Armed Robbery Suspect

37-year-old Chicago resident Bobby Heard agreed to a sentence of 25 years in jail in exchange for a guilty plea to the offense of armed robbery with a firearm, Class X felony, in connection with the September 2016 attempted robbery of a Carpentersville business during which his accomplice was shot and killed.

Kane County Judge John A. Barsanti accepted the plea.

At about 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 2016, Heard and 37-year old Kenyon Slater, both armed with handguns, entered a business in the 1600 block of Ravine Lane, Carpentersville, restrained two people who were working in the store and demanded cash.

Heard and Slater took electronic equipment and cash, and then fled the store.

One of the victims immediately freed himself, retrieved a handgun, ran out of the store into the parking lot and shot and killed Slater while Heard fled in a vehicle.

Heard was taken into custody Sept. 22, 2016, in St. Louis, Mo., by the U.S. Marshal Service.

In accordance with Illinois law, Heard is eligible for day-for-day sentencing He receives credit for 1,748 days served in the Kane County jail, where he had been held since his arrest in lieu of $3 million bail.

Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly M. Orland said “Bobby Heard and Kenyon Slater drove to Carpentersville armed with handguns with a plan to commit  robbery at gun-point. Clearly, they never considered consequences. Long after he’s released from prison, Bobby Heard will still have Kenyon Slater’s death on his conscience.”

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