Jury convicts man of aggravated battery for hitting woman on bus

Jury convicts man of aggravated battery for hitting woman on bus

URBANA — A Champaign man convicted of aggravated battery for hitting a woman on a public bus faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in October.

On Tuesday, a Champaign County jury convicted Ronald Bramley, 50, who listed an address in the 800 block of North Prospect Avenue, of aggravated battery but acquitted him of domestic battery in connection with incidents that happened May 17 on a Mass Transit District bus in Champaign.

According to a release from State's Attorney Julia Rietz, Bramley and his wife were arguing at the bus stop at Prospect Avenue and Church Street when she ran on the bus. Bramley followed and a passenger stood up to block Bramley from getting to her.

Bramley then punched the female passenger in the face, causing her to fall back into her seat. Jurors saw video from the bus.

Due to Bramley's criminal history, he is eligible for extended term sentencing. And whatever sentence he receives from Judge Heidi Ladd will have to be served after he completes a five-year sentence he received in May when he pleaded guilty, in a case from 2012, to possession of a controlled substance.

Ladd set sentencing for Oct. 1.

Assistant State's Attorney Matt Banach prosecuted Bramley. He was represented by Assistant Public Defender Janie Miller-Jones.

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