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Crime & Courts

Man charged with felony aggravated domestic battery

Strangulation led to more serious charge

ST. CHARLES TOWNSHIP – A 30-year-old St. Charles Township man was charged with felony aggravated domestic battery in connection with an attack on a household member which involved strangulation, police and court records show.

Michael J. Stubits, of the 5N100 block of Grove Avenue, St. Charles Township, was also charged Aug. 19 with two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery, police and court records show.

According to Kane County Sheriff’s reports, Stubits’ attack on a family member occurred about 11:35 p.m. when she went to bed while a party was continuing in the house.

The victim described Stubits as angry, highly intoxicated and at one point urinated on the bedroom floor, reports stated.

When the victim got out of bed, he allegedly threw her to the floor, grabbed her by the throat and restricted her airway causing her to black out, reports stated.

A witness told deputies she saw Stubits slap, punch and choke the victim, describing the scene as “brutal and frightening,” reports stated.

A witness told deputies that she was elbowed in the head while trying to break up the fight, reports stated.

Deputies observed bumps and swelling along the victim’s right eye and a cut on her right big toe; her chest and neck were red and her pants were ripped and dirty, reports stated.

When deputies arrested Stubits, he was belligerant and verbally abusive to officers and yelling racial remarks all the way to the jail, reports stated.

“Michael also made indications to finding me [a deputy] and my family when he gets out of jail and had to be restrained while at the jail,” reports stated.

Deputies also took two weapons belonging to Stubits into safekeeping, a 12-gauge shotgun, a .223 rifle and a magazine loaded with .223 rounds, reports stated.

Stubits was released after posting $7,500 bond or 10 percent of the $75,000 bail that was set, records show.

According to the terms of his release, Stubits has to surrender his Firearm Owners Identification card, not have contact with the victim, refrain from alcohol and be subject to random drug testing, according to court records.

If convicted, the felony charge carries a penalty of three to seven years in prison and possible fines of up to $25,000.

Stubits is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 31.

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