JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that a Bolingbrook man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for holding up a Bolingbrook Speedway station on two separate occasions in December of 2007 and in July of 2008.
A jury last year found Sean E. Gallagher, 33, of 348 E. Briarcliff, Bolingbrook, guilty of two counts of armed robbery. Both are Class X felonies that carry penalties of between six and 30 years in prison upon conviction. Circuit Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes sentenced Gallagher on Friday.
On Dec. 17, 2007, Gallagher held up the Speedway at 499 W. Boughton Road at knifepoint. He returned to the station on July 23, 2008 and held it up at gunpoint, fleeing on foot with $97. During the July 23, 2008 robbery, he wore a black hood, blue baseball cap and a red bandana.
A police K-9 unit tracked the gunman to a nearby residence, where he was taken into custody. Gallagher told police he robbed the gas station because he is a heroin addict and he needed money.
“Thanks to the Bolingbrook Police Department’s investigation and skillful trial work by my prosecutors, we secured the conviction of a desperate and dangerous criminal,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “The 22-year sentence handed down by Judge Policandriotes places this thug behind bars for a long time and makes the streets of Will County safer.”
Assistant State’s Attorneys Matt Guzman, Chris Messina and Adam McAuley prosecuted Gallagher.