Man who hit woman at bus stop just after release from jail headed back

Man who hit woman at bus stop just after release from jail headed back

URBANA — A homeless man from the Chicago area who had been out of prison about nine hours when he hit a woman at a bus stop in Urbana in June will be spending more time behind bars.

Judge Roger Webber sentenced Prez Lee Bailey, 26, to 2 1/2 years in prison after he pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery, admitting that around noon on June 27, he hit a woman in the jaw with his fist after she declined to give him spare change.

Assistant State's Attorney Victoria Dedman said the encounter happened near Wright and Church streets. Bailey ran and was caught a few blocks away in Champaign.

Urbana police said Bailey had been released from prison early that morning after serving time for armed robbery.

In exchange for his guilty plea, other counts of aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery were dismissed.

Webber agreed to recommend Bailey, who had other prior convictions for aggravated robbery, assault and battery, for drug treatment while in prison.

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