Man gets 13 years for two crimes

URBANA — A Dolton man who pleaded guilty to two different Champaign County crimes has been sentenced to 13 years in prison.

Kenneth Watson, 22, pleaded guilty before Judge Harry Clem to an aggravated battery that occurred July 30, 2011, outside the Arrowhead Lanes, 1401 N. McKinley Ave., C.

Watson admitted that while he was intoxicated, he punched a 20-year-old St. Joseph man in the back of the head, knocking him into bushes.

He also pleaded guilty to residential burglary, admitting that on July 14, 2012, he broke into a home in the 900 block of Linview Avenue in Urbana and stole items that police later recovered from another home.

Watson was sentenced to four years in prison for the battery and nine for the burglary. He was ordered to serve them one after the other.

Assistant State's Attorney Duke Harris said Watson had two prior convictions for possession of a stolen vehicle out of Cook County.

In an unrelated Champaign County criminal case recently resolved:

— Raouf Berrabah, 22, whose last known address was in the 600 block of West Main Street, Urbana, was sentenced to 18 months of probation for aggravated assault.

He admitted that on Jan. 1, he threatened his girlfriend while armed with a kitchen knife at his apartment on Main Street. He also banged a frying pan on a cabinet near her head.

Urbana police said the girlfriend said Berrabah was intoxicated and got angry and violent, breaking items in the apartment and locking the door to keep her from leaving.

She was able to get out of the apartment after spraying him with pepper spray, police said.

As part of his probation, Berrabah was ordered to attend partner abuse intervention classes. A more serious charge of aggravated unlawful restraint was dismissed.

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alumni90 wrote on August 08, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Wow,....one guy gets 13 years in prison for a property crime and another guy gets 18 months probation and ordered to go to classes?  Wow,...huge difference..

alabaster jones 71 wrote on August 09, 2012 at 1:08 am
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Aggravated battery, which he got 4 of the 13 years for, isn't a property crime.  He committed two felonies and already had two prior convictions.  He's lucky he didn't get an even longer sentence.

alumni90 wrote on August 09, 2012 at 8:08 am

Ok,...nine years for a burglary?

greatkids wrote on August 09, 2012 at 9:08 am

Have you ever had your house broken into?  I have.  Nine years is not enough in my opinion.