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Man gets 8 years for robbing CSU cop in iPhone scam

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Kurtis Flowers / photo from Cook County Sheriff's police Kurtis Flowers / photo from Cook County Sheriff's police
CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbing an off-duty Chicago State University police officer under the guise selling him an iPhone, and was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Kurtis Flowers, 18, pleaded guilty to armed robbery and attempted vehicular hijacking in connection with the Dec. 3, 2012, incident in the 2200 block of East 87th Street, according to police and prosecutors.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison on each count, and will serve the sentences concurrently, Cook County State's Attorney's office spokesman Steven Campbell said.

The officer and a 16-year-old boy met Flowers and another 15-year-old suspect to buy an iPhone advertised through social media, police said at the time.

The off-duty officer and teen with him were sitting in a vehicle when Flowers, then 17, and the 15-year-old displayed a gun, and took a cell phone and cash, police said.

The officer said he was a cop and fired one shot, police said. The 15-year-old later walked into Advocate Trinity Hospital with a gunshot wound, and was arrested. He was referred to juvenile court.

Flowers, of the 8900 block of South Essex Avenue, was found trying to hide in a front porch nearby, police said.

Police recovered the items stolen in the robbery.

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