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Woman takes plea deal in 2012 armed robbery case


Jessica Baynes

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Updated: July 22, 2013 6:18PM

WAUKEGAN — A Waukegan woman who was an employee at Brunswick Zone Fountain Square bowling alley took a plea deal to committing an armed robbery and aggravated battery in March 2012.

Jessica Baynes, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery. Armed robbery, aggravated discharge of a firearm and attempted first-degree murder charges were dropped in exchange for her guilty plea June 18, according to court records.

Baynes and her boyfriend Maurice Jones, 25, of Chicago, were both charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery after attacking another Brunswick employee that was hospitalized with a gunshot wound.

A 44-year-old male Brunswick Bowl employee was walking out of the business March 24, 2012, with a bank deposit bag when someone approached him from behind and shot him once in the back.

The bullet exited the front of the victim’s chest, officials said.

The shooter took the bank bag and fled the scene in a waiting vehicle driven by Jeremy Miller, 23, of Chicago, according to officials. The victim was able to return to the bowling alley and tell another employee what happened before collapsing.

Baynes and Jones were apprehended within hours of the 9:43 a.m. shooting.

Baynes and Jones confessed to police that they committed the robbery, police said.

Baynes met with Jones and Miller after they abandoned the stolen escape vehicle, divided the money and then drove Miller and Jones back to Chicago with her children inside her vehicle.

She took an open plea, meaning she faces six to 30 years in prison. Baynes is due for sentencing Sept. 10.

She remains in custody at Lake County Jail.

Miller pleaded guilty to several counts of robbery and agreed to provide truthful testimony against his co-defendants.

Aggravated discharge of a firearm and attempted first-degree murder charges were dropped in exchange for his guilty plea, which was made April 26. Miller was sentenced to 24 months of probation, 160 days in jail and to perform 100 hours of public service, according to court records.

Jones is in custody at Hill Correctional Center serving 25 years in prison.

His projected parole date is Sept. 19, 2024, according to Illinois Department of Corrections records.

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