A 20-year-old Harvard man apparently picked a bad place to start a fight -- the McHenry County courthouse.
Authorities charged Daniel Stott with felony aggravated battery shortly after 9:15 a.m. Oct. 7 after an altercation on the third floor of the courthouse, 2200 N, Seminary Ave., Woodstock.
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According to the McHenry County sheriff's office, the victim was sitting in the hallway for a family member, who was in an office. Stott and one of his family members approached the victim and a "verbal altercation" began.
The matter quickly escalated, and Stott punched the victim in the face as he sat in the chair, authorities said. The charge was aggravated battery because the attack occurred in a public place, the sheriff's office said.
Stott spent the night in jail before posting $2,000 bond the next day, according to the sheriff's office.
A message left with Donahue and Walsh, the firm representing Stott, was not returned.
According to McHenry County court records, Stott was due in court that day for an order of protection hearing, which was continued to Oct. 22.
But that's not the next time Stott must be back at the courthouse,
He is due this Tuesday to appear before Judge Sharon Prather on the aggravated battery charges, which carry a top penalty of five years in prison but also allow for probation.
Aurora investigation not over:
It's been more than a month since Aurora police released a 19-year-old who was being questioned in the Sept. 3 stabbing death of Lamar House, 31, at his apartment on the 0-99 block of Ohio Street.
An autopsy showed that House died after he was stabbed with the sharp end of a plastic comb, which pierced his heart and caused internal bleeding.
She was questioned but released on Sept. 5, but Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said the case is still open.
"We are working very closely with the Aurora Police Department on the Lamar House homicide. We have met with the lead detectives," McMahon said. "It's still an ongoing investigation. No decision has been made by this office on whether to charge or not charge."
Rapist wants sentence reduced:
A St. Charles pedophile who is serving an eight-year prison sentence for raping a developmentally disabled woman in 2012 wants a judge to reduce his sentence.
Gary Kluber, 68, who is in prison in downstate Dixon, filed paperwork seeking additional credit for the 302 days he spent in the Kane County jail while his case was pending.
Normally, a defendant gets credit for time spent in jail toward a prison term.
Prisoners often receive day-for-day credit, meaning for every one day served with good behavior, another day is subtracted from the sentence.
Kluber wants the 302 days to count as 604 days off his prison term.
A judge is set to hear Kluber's case on Jan. 24.