A West Side man accused of holding up former NBA star Antoine Walker at his River North home was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to home invasion.
Just last November, Cook County Judge Kenneth Wadas declared a mistrial when jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict in Demorris Hill’s case.
Assistant State’s Attorneys Mark Shlifka and Andreana Turano intended to retry Hill, 28. But on Friday, Hill pleaded guilty to one count of home invasion.
Two other men, Antoine Larkins and Gregory Reedfield, have been sentenced for the July 9, 2007 incident.
A third man, Phillip Allison, is awaiting trial.
And Hill is awaiting trial in Bridgeview for a similar stickup at New York Knick Eddy Curry’s Burr Ridge home. Hill also has a pending 2006 Cicero armed robbery case.
When Walker took the stand against Hill, he testified that he couldn’t remember his assailants’ faces but recalled that they had guns.
“I just wanted to follow directions and keep my head down,” Walker had said.
Walker testified that he was in his garage sitting in his Cadillac Escalade with $1,500 in cash and a cell phone when three men accosted him.
“They asked me who was in the house, what was upstairs,” Walker, 34, said.
The men took Walker’s briefcase that had $10,000 to $20,000 inside as well as 15 to 16 custom-made watches, cuff links and a diamond necklace, Walker said.
Then they forced Walker and an assistant into a closet and restrained them with duct tape before telling them to count to a thousand, Walker said.
One man came back and asked for the keys to his Mercedes CL550. He returned yet again because “he didn’t know how to start the car, so he asked me how to start the car,” Walker said.
Walker stayed put but explained how the car worked.