Campton Hills man pleads guilty in St. Charles altercation

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:04 a.m. CDT

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – Stephan C. Bolt, one of the three people charged in connection with a physical altercation that St. Charles police consider a hate crime, pleaded guilty Wednesday to battery.

Bolt, 31, of Campton Hills, was sentenced to 12 months of probation for the Class A misdemeanor, 60 days of alcohol monitoring and $2,300 in fines and fees, plus a $720 fee for the alcohol monitoring device. He also must undergo a drug and alcohol evaluation and have no contact with the victim.

Other charges against him, including mob action and hate crime, were dismissed.

His lawyer, Matt Downs, said Bolt decided to accept this agreement to avoid the risks associated with trial.

“He’s a good, hardworking person,” Downs said. “His involvement in this situation was minimal.”

Bolt, along with Christopher M. Miner and Susan V. Patton, was involved in a physical altercation Jan. 6 in the 2000 block of Lincoln Highway, according to St. Charles police reports. Authorities labeled the incident as a hate crime because the suspects reportedly taunted the victims for being gay, police have said.

Patton and Miner are due in court April 5 for a preliminary hearing and are expected to begin a jury trial May 6. Miner is also expected in court for a hearing March 28.