Man gets probation for hitting driver who honked at SUV

Man gets probation for hitting driver who honked at SUV

URBANA — A man who admitted taking part in hitting a person who honked his horn at a vehicle blocking his way has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Marquon Wooten, 20, who listed an address in the 1300 block of North Lincoln Avenue, pleaded guilty to battery Wednesday before Judge Roger Webber.

A more-serious charge of aggravated battery was dismissed after Wooten admitted that on Jan. 16, 2017, he or one of his colleagues hit the man in the face in the parking lot of the One South Apartments on Lincoln Avenue.

Assistant State's Attorney Scott Larson said the victim pulled in the lot and a sport utility vehicle was blocking his way. He honked at it in hopes of getting it to move. Instead, four men got out and three approached his vehicle. One of the men asked him what he was going to do about their stopped vehicle and before the driver could answer, he punched him in the face.

Larson said Wooten was one of the three. He ran after the man was hit and was found hiding in a bedroom of an apartment in the complex.

Larson said Wooten had no prior convictions.

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