Posted Online: Jan. 24, 2013, 9:35 pm

Milan man gets 3 years for battery at convenience store

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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.