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Crime & Courts

St. Charles man gets 5 years for aggravated battery

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A St. Charles man was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday after he was convicted of aggravated battery charges stemming from an incident that took place in October 2009 outside of a St. Charles tavern, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

Jack R. Gray, 29, was convicted in April. At about 1:40 a.m. Oct. 3, 2009, outside a tavern in the 200 block of West Main Street, St. Charles, Gray and a friend began to argue with the victim and his friend for an unknown reason, according to the release. When the victim was turned away from Gray and unable to see him, Gray, for an unknown reason, punched the victim with a closed fist in the left rear part of the victim’s jaw.

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

Gray has a history of criminal behavior. In 2003 in Kane County, Gray pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage to property, a Class 3 felony, from a 2001 arrest for damaging several vehicles, including a police car, and was sentenced to 24 months’ probation. 

In 2004 in DuPage County, Gray pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance, a Class 1 felony, from a 2002 arrest and was sentenced to probation. Gray failed to comply with terms of the sentence and was resentenced to four years in prison.

According to Illinois law, Gray is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. Gray receives credit for at least 86 days served in the Kane County jail, where he has been held without bond since his conviction.

“It’s a shame Mr. Gray failed to learn that his antisocial behavior, if it continued, would come with a steep price," Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said. "His poor decision, which needlessly put a man in the hospital, cost him his freedom for a couple of years."

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Lori Anderson and investigated by the St. Charles Police Department.

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