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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Bartlett Man Sentenced to 15 Years for Armed Robbery

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that a Bartlett man has been sentenced to fifteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for committing an armed robbery at a Bartlett 7-Eleven. Alexzander Butchas, 24 (d.o.b. 12/18/1996) of the 500 block of Foster, appeared in court this afternoon where Judge Jeffrey MacKay handed down the sentence. On July 2, 2021, Butchas entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of Armed Robbery, a Class X Felony.    

Today’s sentencing stems from allegations that on June 14, 2019, Butchas and an accomplice, Jonathan Lopez, entered the 7-Eleven located at 1500 S. Schick Road. Lopez was carrying a baseball bat. The men approached the store clerk and forced him to open the register, which he did. After taking approximately $500 from the register and a carton of Pall Mall cigarettes, both men fled the scene. Following an investigation into the crime conducted by the Bartlett Police Department, both men were arrested and taken into custody on July 8, 2019. Following his guilty plea, Lopez was sentenced to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections to be served at 50%.  

“I commend the Bartlett and West Chicago Police Departments for their outstanding job in identifying and apprehending the suspects in this case,” Berlin said. “Threatening an employee with a dangerous weapon who was just trying to make an honest living will not be tolerated and anyone who engages in this type of violent behavior will be caught, prosecuted and if found guilty, face a significant amount of time behind bars, as Mr. Butchas has now learned. I thank Assistant State’s Attorney Rob Willis for his work in securing a strong case against Mr. Butchas which led to his guilty plea and fifteen-year sentence.”    

Butchas will be required to serve 50% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.