Punching mother in face yields incarceration

PAXTON — A man with at least seven convictions for battery or domestic battery was sentenced to five years in prison this week for punching his mother in the face.

David W. Molck, 37, whose last known address was in the 400 block of North Wood Street in Gibson City, was transferred to the Illinois Department of Corrections on Thursday after pleading guilty to aggravated domestic battery, a Class 4 felony, on Nov. 4 in Ford County Circuit Court.

Judge Steve Pacey sentenced Molck to five years in prison with credit for 34 days served at the Ford County Jail.

Gibson City police arrested Molck on Oct. 2 at the home he shared with his mother, Therese Molck, according to a probable cause statement filed in court by the arresting officer.

Police had received a call from an acquaintance of David Molck, who said he had sent a text message to her saying that he "killed his mother," police said. As police approached the home, they could hear a female from inside the residence say, "Get off of me" and "get out of my room," the court filing said. Police then heard screaming.

After opening the door, Therese Molck told police that her son punched her in the face multiple times and twisted her left ankle. She had a small bump above her left eye.

Court records show that David Molck, while living in Rantoul, had four prior domestic battery convictions in Champaign County — in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2008. He also had three convictions for battery in Champaign County — in 1995, 1996 and 2001. He also had a felony conviction in 2003 for a violation of an order of protection with a prior domestic battery conviction, plus a conviction for theft in 1996.

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