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Probation, jail for man in Elgin knife fight that injured 3

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  • Adan Sandoval

    Adan Sandoval


One of two Elgin men charged in a May 2013 knife fight and brawl in downtown Elgin that injured three recently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years probation.

Adan Sandoval, 20, of the 400 block of South Edison Street, could be resentenced to prison for up to five years if he violates probation.

Sandoval spent 286 days in the Kane County jail while the case was pending, prosecutors said.

As part of the plea, which was accepted last month by Kane County Judge John Barsanti, prosecutors dismissed more serious charges of armed violence.

Police said the fight occurred at about 1 a.m. May 10, 2013, in the 0-99 block of North Grove Avenue.

Three people were hospitalized with stab wounds and injuries from a baseball bat, police said.

A second man, Reggie Cortez, 19, of the 900 block of Annandale Drive, faces six to 30 years in prison on the most serious charge of armed violence and is due in court April 10.

He posted $5,000 bond shortly after his arrest.

A 14-year-old juvenile also was charged in the brawl and his case is being handled in juvenile court.

Todd Cohen, a defense attorney representing Sandoval, Cortez and the juvenile, said several men essentially picked a fight with Sandoval while he was at a downtown restaurant.

"He was alone in the bar. When he came out, they were waiting for him. That's how the altercation ensued," Cohen said, noting he could not elaborate because the other two cases are pending. "Based on the amount of time he spent in jail, they (prosecutors) felt it was an appropriate sentence."

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