Danville man gets prison for hitting man
URBANA — A Danville man who admitted he slugged a man he did not know outside the Illinois Terminal last summer has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Philip Wilkins, 50, pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Harry Clem to aggravated battery, admitting that on July 16, he slapped a 19-year-old Champaign man so hard that the man's head snapped backward into a pillar and he fell to the ground dazed.
The incident happened at the Illinois Terminal in downtown Champaign where the victim and another man were smoking outside the front entrance.
That's when they noticed Wilkins yelling at them, then Wilkins approached the teen.
Two other counts of aggravated battery alleging that Wilkins hit the second man with a fist and another man in the 200 block of North Neil Street that same day were dismissed as part of Wilkins' negotiated plea agreement.
Court records show Wilkins has multiple prior convictions for burglary, aggravated battery, domestic battery, criminal damage to property, theft and trespass.
He was given credit on his sentence for 161 days already served in jail.