Failed Armed Robery Leads to 20-Year Sentence for Nebraska Man

Fairview Heights, Ill. – An Omaha, Nebraska man pled guilty and was sentenced yesterday to 239

months in prison for attempting to rob a Walgreens in Swansea, Illinois.

According to court documents, on Sept. 15, 2019, Christopher Easterling, 23, entered the Walgreens

located at 2532 N. Illinois Street, approached the cashier, brandished a firearm, and said “let’s

get this going, babe.” The cashier immediately ran away. After stepping behind the counter and

briefly surveying the scene, Easterling left the store without taking anything. He was apprehended

minutes later by the Swansea Police Department.

Easterling pled guilty to a three-count indictment charging him with attempted armed robbery of the

Walgreens, brandishing a firearm during the crime, and unlawful gun possession by a convicted

felon.

In handing down the nearly 20-year sentence, Chief U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel noted

as aggravating factors that Easterling had committed the offense while on parole for another

attempted robbery in Nebraska in 2016, and that he has another robbery conviction from Nebraska in

2014.

Upon his release from prison, Easterling will serve 5 years on supervised release. The ATF and the

Swansea Police Department investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Reppert prosecuted the case.

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