Man sent to prison for hitting woman on bus

Man sent to prison for hitting woman on bus

URBANA — A Champaign man convicted of aggravated battery for hitting a woman on a public bus was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison.

Ronald Bramley, 50, whose last known address was in the 800 block of North Prospect Avenue, will serve the sentence after he completes a five-year sentence he received in May for possession of a controlled substance.

In August, a Champaign County jury convicted Bramley of aggravated battery but acquitted him of domestic battery in connection with incidents that happened May 17 on a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus in Champaign.

Evidence at trial was that Bramley and his wife were arguing at the bus stop at Prospect Avenue and Church Street when she ran onto the bus. He 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.

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

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