A 42-year-old man has been sentenced to 5½ years in prison after admitting to robbing an Aurora pool hall in December 2017.
Rolando Fonseca, formerly of the 100 block of Parkside Street, Aurora, pleaded guilty in late February to one count of robbery to a victim 60 or older, a felony with a punishment ranging from four to 15 years in prison, according to Kane County court records.
In exchange for the plea, prosecutors dismissed less severe charges of felony burglary and unlawful restraint, records show.
Aurora police said the owner of Velazquez Pool Hall, 57 S. LaSalle St., was opening Dec. 10, 2017, when two people entered the pool hall, tied him up, beat him and stole money.
According to court records, Fonseca was charged with taking money from the cash register drawer of the pool hall and money from the owner and later hogtying his hands and feet.
Police said Fonseca was identified as a suspect at that time.
Fonseca was arrested in November on unrelated charges of resisting arrest and possession of a hypodermic needle. Aurora investigators questioned him about the 2017 robbery and the state’s attorney’s office later authorized charges.
The November charges were dismissed as part of the guilty plea, which was accepted by Judge D.J. Tegeler.
As part of the plea, Fonseca also must pay nearly $6,600 in restitution and prosecutors will recommend to prison officials that he receive drug addiction treatment.
Under state law, Fonseca can have his prison term cut in half for good behavior.
Fonseca has had two stints in prison — 12 months for felony heroin possession in January 2010 and three years after pleading guilty to an August 2012 burglary of 54 pounds of copper pipes from a home on the 900 block of Claim Street in Aurora.
The second suspect is still unknown and at large. Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora Police Department’s Investigations Division at (630) 256-5500 or Crime Stoppers at (630) 892-1000.