Man sentenced to probation in aggravated battery case

URBANA — An Urbana man who admitted grabbing a woman on a city street in Urbana earlier this year has been sentenced to probation and alcohol education.

Max Supple, 23, of the 500 block of West Green Street, pleaded guilty Wednesday to aggravated battery, admitting that on March 15, he grabbed a woman as she walked with a man on Goodwin Avenue near Springfield.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Bennett said Supple ran up behind the couple and grabbed the 21-year-old woman in a bear hug, lifting her off the ground. After her male friend helped free her, Supple allegedly tackled the man, causing him to drop his cellphone. Supple then grabbed the phone and refused to give it back.

Bennett said police found Supple later lying on a sidewalk near Springfield and Harvey. He was highly intoxicated and had the man's phone.

Supple was sentenced to 30 months of probation and ordered to complete an online alcohol education course.

Other counts alleging aggravated battery to the man and robbery were dismissed as part of his plea.

Bennett said Supple had prior convictions for criminal damage to property and consumption of alcohol.

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rsp wrote on July 16, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Anonline alcohol education course? Are they serious?