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Geneva man charged in felony domestic battery

GENEVA – A 23-year-old Geneva man was charged with felony aggravated domestic battery in connection with an incident where he allegedly battered and choked a victim with two hands, according to police reports.

John D. Becht, 23, of the 1200 block of Herrington Road, also was charged Jan. 5 with four counts of misdemeanor domestic battery on two victims, allegedly pushing a second victim into a dresser, according to police reports.

Becht also was charged with misdemeanor damage to property. According to reports, Becht slapped a smartphone out of one of the victim’s hands. The felony charge carries a penalty of three to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000. Each of the five misdemeanor charges carry penalties of up to a year in jail and fines of up to $2,500.

Becht was released after posting $300 bail, 10 percent of his $3,000 bond. Becht is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 29.

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