A Geneva man who admitted stabbing a gang rival in West Chicago was sentenced Friday to five years in prison but could go to boot camp instead.
Logan Baker, 19, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery in the July 22 attack on the 300 block of Wilson Street.
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DuPage County Judge Robert Kleeman sentenced Baker to a five-year term with a referral to boot camp. Whether he gets into the 120-day program or serves hard time will be up to the state prison system.
Authorities said Baker stabbed a 17-year-old man as retribution for a gang-related shooting three weeks earlier in a residential area of West Chicago.
The knifing occurred after Baker and two fellow gang members confronted and began fighting with the victim, an unarmed gang rival, according to prosecutors.
"The defendant thought he was a big man bringing a knife to a fistfight," said Assistant State's Attorney Steve Knight.
Knight said the victim suffered a cut on the right side of his torso that was not life-threatening.
In court Friday, Baker's attorney, Richard Kayne, said "some gang issues led up to" the stabbing. Baker told the judge he was "scared for my life."
"I didn't feel like I had a choice," he said.
Kayne said Baker had no prior criminal record.
"It's unfortunate," Kayne said. "Hopefully he'll successfully complete boot camp and get his life back on track."
Co-defendants Mario Hightower and Christopher Kinney remain charged with felony mob action and aggravated battery.
Hightower, 25, of Wayne, plans to enter into a plea bargain next week, Assistant Public Defender Brian Jacobs said in court Friday.
Kinney, 19, of West Chicago, has pleaded not guilty and returns to court Tuesday.