Urbana man gets 5 years for aggravated battery

Urbana man gets 5 years for aggravated battery

URBANA — An Urbana man was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for beating up another man in June.

Nicholas Stevens, 24, pleaded guilty before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated battery, admitting that on June 12 he struck another Urbana man repeatedly in the head and face after the victim had tried to intervene in a fight.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said the attack on Shaun Bright, 23, happened at a home on East University Avenue where several members of a group had gone to drink after having been at an Urbana bar drinking earlier.

Weber said Bright tried to break up a fight involving Stevens, Stevens' brother, and Stevens' brother's girlfriend, only to have Stevens charge at him and punch him repeatedly in the head and face.

Weber said Bright had an eye that swelled shut, bleeding in the eye, a cut about the eye that required stitches, bruises to both ears and a cut on his arm.

She said Stevens had prior convictions for domestic battery, possession of heroin, violation of an order of protection, obstructing justice, and possession of drug paraphernalia.