Moline man gets probation for battery of woman


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Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 9:41 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
Josue Ramos, 26, of Moline, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony count of aggravated battery and was sentenced to two years of probation.

If he successfully fulfills the terms of his probation, including completing an anger management program, Mr. Ramos will not have to serve a 60-day stayed jail sentence.

Mr. Ramos was charged after a July dispute with a woman during which he allegedly dragged her by her ankles, squeezed her neck with his hands and engaged in a non-consensual sexual act with her. In exchange for the guilty plea, a felony count of criminal sexual assault and a misdemeanor count of domestic battery were dismissed.

At Thursday's hearing, Rock Island County Circuit Court Judge Walter Braud initially appeared hesitant to accept Mr. Ramos' plea agreement.

"I can see this woman fearing for her life," the judge said, his brow furrowing.

He relented only after both attorneys assured him Mr. Ramos and the victim were working through their problems. Still, Judge Braud told Mr. Ramos that if he was charged on similar counts again, it would be to the "disappointment and disgust" of the court.




















 



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