Homeless man gets probation for domestic battery in attack on ex

Homeless man gets probation for domestic battery in attack on ex

URBANA — A homeless man arrested in the spring for forcing his way into an ex-girlfriend's Urbana apartment and striking her has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Paul Foster, 22, was also ordered to perform 50 hours of public service, get a substance-abuse evaluation and partner-abuse intervention counseling, and spend 198 days in jail, which he's already done.

In return for Foster's plea Friday before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated domestic battery, Assistant State's Attorney Bridget Schott dismissed other charges of home invasion, robbery and criminal damage to property.

All the charges stemmed from events at the woman's North Lincoln Avenue apartment on April 28 and 29.

Schott said Foster, who had dated the woman about two years before breaking up, got into an argument with her on April 28 that became physical. He left but the next day came back with his sister and another person.

Schott said they forced their way into her apartment and were looking for money.

Foster and the woman argued again and he admitted he hit her several times, choking her and leaving with cash.

Schott said Foster's only prior conviction was an ordinance violation for possession of cannabis.

His sister, Prisca Foster, 23, of Urbana, still faces charges of home invasion, aggravated battery and robbery. She is due back in court later this month.

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