CHARLESTON -- A man said to have had a smaller role in a robbery attempt than his co-defendant avoided the prison time the other suspect received.

Cody L. Endsley pleaded guilty to an attempted robbery charge accusing him of taking part in the failed robbery of a man at a Mattoon motel.

Endsley, 23, for whom court records list an address of 705 Richmond Ave., Mattoon, was placed on probation for two years.

Charges of attempted armed robbery and aggravated unlawful use of weapons were dismissed.

Endsley and Daniel P. Quainter were accused of using a gun to try to rob the occupants of a room at the Suite Dreams motel in Mattoon on April 13.

Quainter, 21, received a five-year prison sentence when he pleaded guilty in August to charges in connection with the robbery try as well as alleging he later led police on a high-speed chase.

Endsley didn't point the gun directly at any of the room's occupants as Quainter did and also allowed two people to leave the motel room, according to Coles County Assistant State's Attorney Tom Bucher, who prosecuted.

Also, Endsley didn't take part in fleeing from police, cooperated with the investigation and had no other record of criminal convictions, Bucher said.

Terms of Endsley's probation sentence included jail time but the credit he received for time jailed since his arrest meant he won't have to serve any additional time.

He also ordered to be evaluated for substance abuse treatment and other counseling and to follow the evaluation's recommendations.

Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Endsley by accepting the terms of the plea agreement that Bucher and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.

Quainter, for whom records listed an address of "homeless" and on North 35th Street in Mattoon, also admitted to weapons offenses with the plea agreement in his case reached in August.

The people in the motel room said two men, later identified as Quainter and Endsley, entered the room and demanded money at gunpoint but left without receiving any, according to records in the case.

Police later located the car Quainter was driving, which led to a chase that reached speeds of 95 mph and ended with a crash at the intersection of Lerna Road and Old State Road south of Mattoon, the records say.

Quainter also admitted to police after his arrest that he and the other suspect made the robbery attempt and he then retrieved other guns, which had serial numbers removed, from another room at the motel and fled the scene, according to the records.

Bucher said Quainter was also charged recently with stealing money from a relative in Grundy County.

He said that case was dismissed because of the outcome in the Coles County case but the Grundy County prosecution did that without informing him.


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