St. Charles man sentenced to prison for hitting officer
A 63-year-old St. Charles man has been sentenced to prison for hitting a police officer in the face while being served with an arrest warrant, Kane County authorities said in a news release Monday.
Eric E. Ericson, of the 1400 block of South 4th Street, was sentenced to four years in prison by Judge Donald M. Tegeler Jr. on Sept. 18.
A Kane County jury had convicted Ericson on Aug. 4 of aggravated battery to a police officer, a Class 2 felony, and resisting a police officer, a Class A misdemeanor. The jury trial was the first to be conducted in the county after court operations were curtailed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said.
About 9 p.m. April 30, 2019, St. Charles police attempted to serve Ericson with an arrest warrant for violating a court order. As police were serving the warrant at his residence, Ericson fled through the back door and hid behind a shed in the backyard. The uniformed officer walked toward Ericson and ordered him to stop, according to the release.
Ericson struck the officer with his hand near the officer's left eye. Officers tackled Ericson to the ground, but he continued to resist arrest, according to the news release.
Ericson is eligible for day-for-day sentencing. He receives credit for 142 days served in the Kane County jail.