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Driver in 2018 Streator murder sentenced to 35 years in prison

OTTAWA — A Chicago woman did not pull the trigger in a 2018 Streator murder, but she was sentenced July 26 to 35 years in prison for her role in the crime.

Ashanti Roberts, 22, faced a minimum of 35 years in prison and a maximum of 75 years after she was found guilty May 24 in the murder of Streator woman Maria de la Torre. She has served 429 days of her sentence in the LaSalle County Jail.

Tamil Adams was sentenced to 35 years for firing the gun that killed de la Torre.

Hashim Waite, 25, Chicago, also charged in the murder, entered a negotiated plea of guilty earlier July 26 for home invasion, in which he will serve a 30-year sentence, which may be reduced to 15 years with good behavior.

Roberts faced a minimum of 20 years in prison by state law for the murder with a 15-year add-on because it was committed with a gun, meaning Judge H. Chris Ryan could not sentence Roberts any lower than the 35 years.

During the May verdict, Ryan said there was enough evidence to confirm Roberts had prior knowledge of a robbery the three planned at the Streator home. He also said she continued to flee police after Adams fired the gun.

Prior to the sentencing hearing, Roberts had asked for a new trial. The motion was denied. Following the sentencing, she said she wished to file an appeal, and a state appellate defender was appointed to her.

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