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St. Charles man found guilty of aggravated battery

ST. CHARLES – A St. Charles man has been found guilty of severely injuring a man after punching him in the jaw more than three years ago.

A jury Tuesday found Jack R. Gray, 29, of the 700 block of Westfield Drive, St. Charles, guilty of two counts of aggravated battery, each a Class 3 felony, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

About 1:40 a.m. Oct. 3, 2009, outside a tavern in the 200 block of West Main Street in St. Charles, Gray and a friend began to argue with the victim and his friend for an unknown reason, according to the news release.

When the man turned away from Gray and was unable to see him, Gray punched him with a closed fist in the left rear part of the jaw, according to the news release.

The victim fell unconscious to the sidewalk and fractured his skull, and was hospitalized in a coma for three days. The victim continues to recover from the blow, and suffers permanent hearing loss and ringing in his ears, according to the news release.

Circuit Judge Karen Simpson set Gray’s next court appearance for 9 a.m. May 28 for post-trial motions and sentencing. Gray faces a sentence of probation or two to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Gray had been free on $3,500 bond. Bond was revoked after he was found guilty and Gray was taken into custody.

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