DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin announced today that a Dolton man has been sentenced to thirty-four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for hijacking at gunpoint a Chevy Camaro from a man in front of his residence in May, 2020 and also robbing an Addison gas station at gunpoint in March, 2020. On August 25, 2022, James T. Kimbrough, age 25, formerly of the 700 block of E. 147th Street in Dolton, entered a blind plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking (Class X Felony) and one count of Armed Robbery (Class X Felony). At his sentencing hearing Thursday morning, December 8, 2022, Judge Daniel Guerin sentenced Kimbrough to thirty-four years on each count. Kimbrough’s sentences will be served concurrently to each other and will also be served concurrently to a fifteen-year sentence he received out of Cook County on Armed Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon charges. On May 13, 2020, Kimbrough appeared in Bond Court where the Court granted the State’s motion to deny bond. He has been held in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that date.
On Monday, May 11, 2020, at approximately 11:50 p.m., officers with the Addison Police Department responded to an aggravated vehicular hijacking. Following an investigation, led by the Addison Police Department, it was determined that the victim was sitting in his car outside his residence talking on the phone when he observed a white colored sedan drive by slowly. A short while later, a man, later identified as Kimbrough, approached the driver’s side window and asked if he could borrow the victim’s cellular phone. The victim declined but ultimately changed his mind and told Kimbrough he could speak using the in-car Bluetooth system. After Kimbrough attempted to make three phone calls, he pointed a gun at the victim and ordered him out of the car. The victim complied at which time Kimbrough entered the car and drove off at a high rate of speed.
Later that evening, the Darien Police Department and the Illinois State Police conducted a felony stop on the vehicle at a gas station in Summit as Kimbrough entered the vehicle. The vehicle however, was disabled using OnStar and Kimbrough was taken into custody at this time. Officers recovered a firearm from the vehicle. Further investigation into Mr. Kimbrough found that on Sunday, March 29, 2020, at approximately 2:45 a.m., Kimbrough, who as wearing a mask at the time, was involved in an armed robbery at a Marathon Gas Station in Addison during which Kimbrough kicked his way into a secured area where the clerk was working and stole money and Swisher Sweet cigars.
“Over a two-month period during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Kimbrough violently terrorized the citizens and businesses of Addison. This morning, he learned that thanks to the outstanding, cooperative efforts of multiple law enforcement agencies, his criminal behavior will not go unpunished. I commend the Addison Police Department for their truly outstanding police work on both cases against Mr. Kimbrough. Their professionalism and dedication to protecting the public put a quick end to Mr. Kimbrough’s escalating criminal behavior. I thank the Alsip, Darien, Glendale Heights, Hickory Hills and Villa Park Police Departments as well as the Illinois State Police for their outstanding cooperative efforts on this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Bethany Jackson and Sean Kinsella for their work in preparing a strong case against Mr. Kimbrough that ultimately led to today’s sentence.”
— DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin
Kimbrough was booked on May 12, 2020, and has been incarcerated since he was held without bond on May 13, 2022.
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