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|Sentencing Delayed for Man Convicted of Serious Battery
|The Galesburg man convicted last year of two battery-related counts for a severe beating of a Galesburg woman, but acquitted of attempted murder charges, has still not been sentenced.
47 year old Sterling Nicholson was to be sentenced Thursday after a number of delays on charges of Aggravated battery and Aggravated Domestic Battery, but after hearing recommendations on both sides, Judge Paul Mangieri decided to continue the hearing until Tuesday afternoon, owing to the end of arguments coming close to the end of the court day, and because prosecutors asked for a total of 40 years in prison, citing state statute for extended term sentencing.
Assistant State's Attorney Elisa Tanner cited Nicholson's previous convictions, mostly on drug-related and robbery-related counts.
But Public Defender Jim Harrell argued for a minimum sentence, saying that Nicholson had only been convicted of a Misdemeanor Battery charge before aside from the felonies.
Nicholson allegedly beat a then 41 year old woman in late-January of last year at her home and inside a car the two were travelling in.
The injuries allegedly caused serious head and facial injuries, including bleeding on the brain.
Both the victim and her son gave victim impact statements Thursday.
Mangieri wants both sides to provide him arguments on the extended term recommended, and wants them on his desk by Monday.
(Knox County Public Defender Jim Harrell makes an argument while his client, Sterling Nicholson, listens. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|05 02 13 by Newsroom
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