Milan man gets 3 years for battery at convenience store


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Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 9:35 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
A Milan man who pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery was sentenced to three years in prison

Casey A. Newton, 38, appeared deeply distressed during the hearing in Rock Island County Circuit Court, sighing audibly and dropping his head into his hands as he discussed the terms of a plea agreement with his public defender Dora Villarreal.

He was charged with storming into a local convenient store in November, allegedly drunk, and threatening to shoot a store employee. A witness later told police Mr. Newton "wanted to fight the world."

He also was accused of pushing a 60-year-old woman and several children during the outburst, according to court information.

As part of his plea agreement, misdemeanor charges of battery and assault were dismissed.

"From what I've heard, you've got the best deal of anyone here today," Judge Walter Braud told Mr. Newton, who shook his head in response and scowled as he was led out of the courtroom after the hearing.


















 




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  Today is Wednesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2014. There are 259 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Yesterday some bold thief stole a full bolt of calico from a box in front of Wadsworth's store, where it was on exhibition.
1889 -- 125 years ago: A team belonging to Peter Priese got away from its driver and made a mad run across the Rock Island Bridge. The driver was thrown from his seat but not hurt.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Carlton Taylor was appointed district deputy grand master for the 14th
Masonic District of Illinois.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Moline's million dollar municipal airport was dedicated to air transportation and the national defense by Lt. Gov. John Stelle.
1964 -- 50 years ago: THE ARGUS will be election headquarters for Rock Island County tomorrow night, and the public is invited to watch the operation. The closing of the polls at 6 p.m. will mark the start of open house in the newsroom. Visitors will see staff members receiving, tabulating and posting returns.
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