Crystal Lake Bar Brawl Results in Armed Violence, Aggravated Battery and Mob Action Convictions

The following press release has arrived from the State’s Attorney’s Office:

WOODSTOCK MAN FOUND GUILTY OF ARMED VIOLENCE FOR DOUBLE STABBING IN UNINCORPORATED CRYSTAL LAKE

Louis A. Bianchi, McHenry County State’s Attorney, reports that on March 4, 2010, Defendant Keith Bounds, age twenty-nine of Woodstock, Illinois, was found guilty of two counts of Armed Violence, two counts of Aggravated Battery, and one count of Mob Action by the Honorable Judge Sharon L. Prather following a three day bench trial.

The evidence presented at trial showed that the defendant initiated a physical confrontation with two Cary men after a previous argument that had occurred inside of the Suds R’ Us tavern in unincorporated Crystal Lake.

The evidence also showed that the defendant pushed one of the men outside of the bar near closing time, and shortly thereafter, stabbed him twice.  When the second man came to the aid of the first man, the defendant then stabbed him twice.  Judge Prather found that the defendant’s claim of self-defense was inconsistent with the facts, and that the defendant was the initial aggressor.

The sentencing range for Armed Violence is between ten to thirty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Ryan Blackney and Jeff Bora.

The defendant will be sentenced on May 5, 2010.


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