Convicted murderer from Illinois found guilty in domestic violence case - KMOV.com

Convicted murderer from Illinois found guilty in domestic violence case

BELLEVILLE, Il. (KMOV.com) -- The St. Clair County State's Attorney announced on Wednesday that a jury found a Swansea, Illinois man guilty in a domestic violence case.

The following information is from a news release from the St. Clair County State's Attorney:

Anthony R. Drakes, 52, has been found guilty of Aggravated Battery and Domestic Battery.  Drakes had been accused of punching his girlfriend in the face and striking her in the leg with a baseball bat.  The jury deliberated less than an hour before returning a verdict.

The trial was presided over by the Honorable Judge Milton Wharton.  A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for October 20, 2011.  Kelly stated that his prosecutors will seek the maximum prison sentence for Drakes.

Drakes has four prior felony convictions including convictions for Murder and Armed Robbery from Cook County, Illinois.  In 2006, Drakes was also sentenced in St. Clair County to four and a half years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the offense of Aggravated Domestic Battery.  Because of his criminal history, Drakes will face and extended term sentence of between two to ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on the Aggravated Battery conviction and between one to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on the Domestic Battery – Subsequent Offense charge.  Drakes will also be eligible for up to thirty months of probation.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant State’s Attorneys Laura Reppert and Jon Allard, Jr. and was investigated by the Village of Swansea Police Department.  Reppert is the supervisor of the State’s Attorney’s Domestic Violence Unit which specializes in the review and prosecution of domestic violence related offenses.

Judge Wharton revoked Drakes’ bond at the request of prosecutors.

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