Man sent to prison for 10 years for battery conviction
URBANA — An Urbana man convicted for a battery to a girlfriend that left her with broken bones in her face has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis on Monday sentenced Stacey Marrissette, 38, of the 1700 block of South Cottage Grove Avenue, for domestic battery with a prior domestic battery conviction and aggravated battery.
A jury convicted Marrissette of those offenses in August. They stemmed from a May 27 attack on Olivia Butts, 34, his girlfriend at the time.
Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said the evidence at trial was that Marrissette and Butts were in a vehicle together when they began arguing about other women who were around him at a party where he had been drinking.
Lozar said Butts reportedly hit him in the back of the head with a bottle, causing what Lozar described as a minor injury to Marrissette.
Marrissette reportedly lost his temper, stopped the vehicle, pulled her out, and began striking her repeatedly in the face while they were on Cottage Grove Avenue in Urbana, a public way. She received a broken jaw and other facial injuries, Lozar said.
Lozar said Marrissette said he was acting in self-defense but Lozar rejected that notion and said even if Marrissette was acting in self-defense, the extent of Butts' injuries showed that Marrissette overreacted.
Under truth-in-sentencing, Marrissette is eligible for day-for-day good time on his sentence.
Court records show he has prior convictions for aggravated battery, domestic battery, assault, possession of cannabis and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.