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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 6:41 pm

A Milan man accused of beating his pregnant girlfriend pleaded guilty Thursday to a misdemeanor count of domestic battery and was sentenced to two years of conditional discharge.

Stephen M.J. Jones, 22, will receive credit for time served. He was released Thursday from the Rock Island County Jail.

"Mr. Jones, the sun is shining on you today," Judge Walter Braud told him during a plea hearing in Rock Island County Circuit Court.

The judge said the plea agreement, which dismissed felony counts of aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery,was "almost close to a miracle." He cautioned Mr. Jones not to waste the "second chance at life."

Charges stem from a Jan. 13 incident when police were called to a Milan apartment for a report of a domestic dispute.

Mr. Jones met officers at the door and told them he and his girlfriend had fought earlier that night. Inside, police found the victim with her face swollen and clumps of her hair on the floor, according to prior court testimony.

The victim told officers the couple began fighting in Davenport and upon returning to the apartment, Mr. Jones allegedly forced her head down towards a toilet, attempted to choke her and hit her with clothes hangers.

The victim, who was 14 weeks pregnant at the time with Mr. Jone's child, was treated at Genesis East Campus and later released.

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