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St. Charles man gets 5 years in prison for sucker punch

Jack R. Gray / Phofrom Kane County State's Attorney's office

Jack R. Gray / Photo from Kane County State's Attorney's office

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A St. Charles man has been sent to prison for severely injuring a man he sucker-punched outside a bar more than three years ago.

Jack R. Gray, 29, was sentenced Tuesday by Circuit Judge Karen Simpson.

Gray was convicted on April 9, 2013, by a Kane County jury. He was found guilty of two counts of aggravated battery, each a Class 3 felony.

Evidence showed that about 1:40 a.m. on 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. When the victim was turned away from Gray and unable to see him, Gray, punched him with a closed fist in the left rear part of the victim’s jaw. The man fell unconscious to the sidewalk and fractured his skull.

The victim was hospitalized in a coma for three days after the incident and is still recovering from the blow. He suffers permanent hearing loss and ringing in his ears.

Gray has a history of criminal behavior.

In 2003 in Kane County, he pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage to property, a Class 3 felony and was sentenced to 24 months of probation.

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

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

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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