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Final Two Bryn Mawr Jewelry Robbers Sentenced Giving Closure To The Infamous 2012 Crime Spree

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Palo Brown, 30; Felice Desilvia, 29 and Paris Starwalt, 23

After four long years, closure has come to the many who were affected by the infamous Bryn Mawr Jewelry Heist with the final two of three suspects sentenced in the incident.

The robbery which happened on Oct. 8, 2012, occurred at 2:35 p.m. on the 1100 block of West Bryn Mawr Ave. According to police, the group of three robbers — FelicePalo Brown, 30, Desilvia, 29  and Paris Starwalt, 23, entered Bryn Mawr Jewelry company, approached a clerk and asked to see some items in a case. When the clerk turned back around, the robbers had guns pointing at him.

In the process of robbing the store, police who were responding to a well-being check spotted them. The suspects ran out the back into the alley.

Two of the three suspects made it to an alleyway on the 5500 block of North Wayne Avenue. They approached a woman in her 60s who was taking groceries out of her car. At gunpoint, they tried to force the woman into her trunk and use the car for their get-away. The woman resisted, screamed and bit Brown on the arm. Several neighbors came out after hearing the screams and the suspects fled, only to be caught shortly after.

In a two week criminal spree, the three were also found to have previously robbed another jewelry store in Albany Park, a gas station in Forest Park and attempted to rob another store in Lake Forest.

Brown, who was considered the mastermind of the ring, was sentenced back on Jan. 17, 2016 to 31 years and four months. On Sept. 15, 2016, Starwalt was sentenced to 25 years and Desilva, who allegedly cooperated with authorities, received ten years, thus giving closure to the case.

According to Alderman Osterman of the 48th Ward, “Prosecution of the trio began Oct. 15, 2012, in Cook County Criminal Courts and was assumed by the U.S. Attorney on Sept. 11, 2013. In the four years of prosecution, court advocates, representing Ald. Harry Osterman, Bryn Mawr business owners and the community, attended 128 hearings. That court advocacy was acknowledged by AUSA Peter Flanagan in his closing statement and by Judge Virginia Kendall when pronouncing the sentences.

In a previous statement the Alderman gave recognition to the wok of the community advocates saying, “A special thank you goes out to our court advocates who have covered all of the hearings in these cases for our community.”


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