Sentencing set for man convicted of paralyzing punch
By Janet Lundquist Sun-Times Media firstname.lastname@example.org August 3, 2013 8:50PM
Joseph P. Messina / photo from Will County Sheriff's office
Updated: August 4, 2013 6:13PM
A former New Lenox high school football star is set to be sentenced Tuesday for throwing a punch that left a Mokena man paralyzed.
Joseph Messina, 25, who played football for Lincoln-Way Central High School, was found guilty in January of three counts of aggravated battery for punching Eric Bartels outside a Mokena bar in 2009. The punch knocked Bartels to the ground, causing a head injury that left him paralyzed, mute and blind.