Man sentenced to three years in stabbing
URBANA — A Rantoul Township man who admitted stabbing a man in the throat in April has been sentenced to three years in prison.
Brian Rosario, 24, who lived in the Fountain Valley Mobile Home Park just south of Rantoul, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery.
He admitted to Champaign County Judge Harry Clem that on April 7, while arguing with his roommates, he produced a knife, got the 23-year-old victim on the ground, and stabbed him in the neck. A sheriff's investigator described the weapon as a small dagger and said the argument apparently started over a woman.
Assistant State's Attorney Lindsey Clark said the victim required eight stitches to his throat.
After injuring the man, Rosario ran from the mobile home but was found about a half-hour later in the same park by deputies with the help of a tracking dog.
Clem agreed to recommend Rosario for the Department of Corrections' boot camp program.
Clark said Rosario had prior convictions for domestic battery, battery and retail theft.