Man sentenced to probation in aggravated-battery case

URBANA — A man who admitted he used a stun gun on a prostitute in an attempt to get his money back after sex was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months of probation.

Nathaniel Gano, 19, pleaded guilty before Champaign County Judge Harry Clem to aggravated battery, admitting that on July 23, he zapped a 31-year-old Urbana woman with a stun gun "multiple times."

Assistant State's Attorney Sarah Carlson said Gano made arrangements with the woman on craigslist to go to her home for sex in the 500 block of South Busey Avenue on the afternoon of July 23.

Carlson said he paid her $200 and after the sex act was completed, he told her he had sent a text message to her email. When she turned toward her computer to look, he used the stun gun on her three times and was grabbing at the money. Carlson said the woman fought back, ripping his shirt. He left the apartment and called police, reporting that she tried to rob him.

Police talked to both and learned that was not the case. They found a mark on the woman's back but she did not require medical treatment. Police recovered the stun gun in his car, Carlson said.

Carlson said more serious charges of armed robbery and aggravated unlawful use of weapons were dismissed. Gano had no prior convictions, she said.

He was also ordered to spend 108 days in jail with credit for time served, have no contact with the woman and forfeit the gun to Urbana police.

In other guilty pleas recently entered in Champaign County:

— Songan Schneider, 20, who listed an address in the 1400 block of Montgomery Street in Urbana, was sentenced to 30 months of probation and 90 days in the county jail for aggravated battery.

He pleaded guilty to shooting a man in the neck with an air-powered rifle as the man rode his bicycle near Fourth and Church streets about 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 6.

He was also ordered to pay $2,551 in restitution as well as fines and fees. He also has to forfeit the air rifle to Champaign police.

A second count of aggravated battery alleging he shot another man in the back with a pellet gun was dismissed.

Carlson said Schneider has a prior adjudication for aggravated battery as a juvenile.

— Dawn Mathews, 40, whose last known address was in the 300 block of Dale III Lane, Urbana, was sentenced to four years in prison for financial identity theft.

She pleaded guilty to using the debit card of her mother in July to withdraw about $1,000 from her mother's bank account which Carlson said Mathews used to pay a drug dealer.

Carlson said Mathews, a former successful graduate of drug court, had prior convictions for resisting arrest, burglary, forgery, theft, and criminal damage to property.

— Steven Ramsey, 24, who listed an address in the 1300 block of North Neil Street, Champaign, was sentenced to two years of probation and fined about $1,750 for possession of cannabis.

He pleaded guilty to having about 2 1/2 pounds of cannabis in a home in the 1300 block of North Walnut Street in Champaign.

Assistant State's Attorney Dan Clifton said police went to the home on Oct. 7 on a domestic dispute call and found the cannabis in his room.

Another charge of domestic battery alleging he spat on his mother was dismissed as part of his plea.

— Richard Cramer, 82, who listed an address in the 1100 block of Scovill Street, Urbana, was sentenced to four years of probation for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He admitted that in April, he fondled the breasts of a girl under the age of 13 who was visiting in his home.

Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said according to the girl, the touching happened on multiple occasions under the guise of Cramer wrestling with her. The touching was always on the outside of her clothing, Weber said.

The prosecutor said Cramer admitted the activity to Urbana police. He was also fined about $750 and was ordered to get a sex offender evaluation.

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