URBANA — A Champaign man who admitted he choked his girlfriend more than a year ago has been sentenced to eight years in prison.
Troy Meyers, 45, whose last known address was in the 200 block of West Springfield Avenue, pleaded guilty Friday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated battery.
The charge was that on Jan. 26, 2013, he grabbed his 31-year-old girlfriend by the throat and applied pressure while the two of them were in her Champaign apartment. In exchange for his guilty plea, two other counts of criminal sexual assault were dismissed.
Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said all the charged counts were "components of an ongoing course of events between people that had a previous dating relationship."
While the attack reportedly happened about 4 a.m. that day, it wasn't until about four hours later that the victim called police, Weber said.
Assistant Public Defender Jamie Propps, who represented Meyers, was prepared to produce records showing that the victim maintained contact with Meyers for months through telephone calls and letters while he was in the Champaign County Jail accused of raping her. Weber conceded that ongoing relationship would have made prosecuting the case before a jury tougher.
Weber said Meyers had prior convictions for delivery of a controlled substance, armed robbery, and residential burglary out of Champaign County. The drug conviction made him eligible for an extended sentence on the aggravated battery conviction.
He was given credit for one year and two months already served in the county jail.