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Aurora man gets 2 years in beating case

Published: Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 5:30 a.m. CDT

Kane County Judge Clint Hull on Thursday sentenced an Aurora man to two years in prison in connection with the beating of a Batavia woman in May.

Jason M. Ortiz, 29, of Aurora will be given credit for 158 days that he has served in Kane County Jail. He also would be eligible for time off for good behavior.

According to court records, Ortiz repeatedly punched and kicked a woman who lived in the 1300 block of Wilson Street and punched a man in the face who was with her. He also was charged with felony unlawful restraint of the woman during a domestic battery in which he “went to lock the front door after saying he was going to kill [her] during a domestic battery, and then forcefully pulled [her] by the hair out of the bathroom that she had locked herself into for safety from” him, according to the police report.

Ortiz’s attorney, Daniel Collins, argued for probation rather than a prison sentence.

“He takes responsibility for his actions,” Collins said during the sentencing hearing. “He has no felony history. He has the ability to rehabilitate himself. He knows he has to make radical changes in his life.”

But Hull told Ortiz that he has a “serious” criminal history, noting that he has been charged several times with driving on a suspended license.

“You do not have respect for the laws of the state,” Hull said. “You are unlikely to comply with the terms of probation.”

Hull also took note of the seriousness of the crime in handing down his sentence.

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