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Kansas man convicted of tracking ex- to Elgin, attacking her in car

Blake Durb/ Phofrom Kane County State's Attorney's office

Blake Durbin / Photo from Kane County State's Attorney's office

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Updated: October 31, 2012 7:49PM

A Kansas man was convicted late Tuesday of stalking and battering an ex-girlfriend he tracked to west suburban Elgin.

A jury deliberated about two hours before convicting Blake C. Durbin, 45, of Maize, Kan., of two counts each of felony aggravated battery in a public place, felony stalking, misdemeanor domestic battery and one count felony aggravated domestic battery, according to a release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.

The woman left her Wichita, Kan., home in June 2012 to escape Durbin, the release said. The woman had been in a relationship with Durbin until he became physically and psychologically abusive.

She went to Elgin to stay with a friend, the release said. Durbin secretly turned on the GPS in the phone he gave the woman and tracked her to Elgin. Durbin left telephone messages at the home where the woman was staying and even went to a domestic violence center and told workers he was searching for her.

The woman agreed to talk to Durbin inside a car on June 9, 2012, but Durbin became angry and tried to strangle her and threatened to stab her in the ribs, the release said. The woman’s friends inside saw the attack and rushed out to help.

The next day, Durbin called the woman several time and when she didn’t answer went to the home and began shouting from outside, the release said. The woman called police and officers arrested Durbin at a nearby park.

Durbin faces between three and 14 years in prison when sentenced by Associate Judge Allen M. Anderson, the release said. Durbin will be back in court Dec. 19 for post-trial motions.

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