CHARLESTON -- A woman admitted to a role in an armed robbery of a Mattoon apartment earlier this year, making her the sixth person convicted in connection with the crime.

Baily J. Furry was one of the three people who helped three others who actually committed the robbery, according to the case's prosecutor.

Furry, 28, for whom court records list addresses on Monroe Avenue in Charleston and Price Avenue in Mattoon, pleaded guilty to a theft charge in connection with the Feb. 19 robbery at Lakeland Living Apartments in Mattoon.

With the agreement reached in case, a robbery charge was dismissed and Furry was sentenced to two years of what's called second chance probation. It's a type of probation that can result in no record of a conviction if completed successfully.

Both the charge to which Furry pleaded guilty and the one dismissed accused her of aiding other suspects and having some accountability though she didn't directly take part in the robbery.

Furry and another suspect led the others to the apartment building with plans to commit the robbery, according to Coles County State's Attorney Brian Bower. They then lured some people out of the apartment before the robbery took place, Bower said.

Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien sentenced Furry by accepting the terms of a plea agreement that Bower and defense attorney Sean Britton recommended.

The other five suspects all pleaded guilty earlier this year, with the three accused of actually committing the robbery and one other receiving prison sentences.

The suspects who allegedly broke into the apartment and stole property at gunpoint were Edward D. Allen, 25, and Jack M. Nixon, 19, both with Charleston addresses on record, and Andrew Tristan Allen, 21, whose address on record is in Champaign.

Also receiving prison time was Danny Tejada, 20, of Charleston, who admitted driving the suspects to the apartment building and helping them flee the scene.

Another suspect, Brianna N. Harshbarger, 22, who has a Charleston address on record, was sentenced to probation after she admitted she also led the others to the scene and lured some people out of the apartment.

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Dave Fopay is a reporter for the JG-TC who covers Coles County, the local court system, Charleston schools and more.

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