Man accused in armed robbery on UI campus sentenced to five years in prison

Man accused in armed robbery on UI campus sentenced to five years in prison
KCJJ Staff
09/13/18

An Iowa City man has been sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea deal in an armed robbery and attempted burglary.

Under the plea deal, charges of 1st Degree Robbery and Carrying Weapons filed against Robert Walker, 18, of Heinz Road, were dismissed. Instead, he agreed to plead guilty to one count of Extortion and was given the maximum sentence. He was also fined $750 but that fine was suspended.

Walker and an unidentified juvenile allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint while in a parking lot near Rienow Hall on Sept. 29, 2017. Police say the pair took cash and a wallet from the man, who was uninjured.

Had Walker been convicted on the original charges, he could have faced up to 52 years in prison.

Following his arrest in that case, he was also accused in an attempted break-in in October at a Tulane Avenue home. Police say Walker tried to enter the home through a window, then tried to kick in the front door. However, he ran off when those inside turned on the lights.

As part of the plea deal, prosecutors agreed to dismiss an Attempted 2nd Degree Burglary charge from that case and it was dropped entirely.