URBANA — A Champaign woman who killed a prior husband laid her head on a courtroom table and sobbed Wednesday when a Champaign County judge resentenced her to more than four years in prison for stabbing her current spouse.
Villas Baity, 55, of the 1000 block of West Bradley Avenue, pleaded guilty in May before Judge Tom Difanis to aggravated battery for stabbing her 60-year-old husband in the chest and was sentenced to 30 months of probation. He received a small cut and was not seriously injured.
Ten days later, the state’s attorney’s office filed a petition to revoke Baity’s probation alleging that she continued to drink alcohol.
At a hearing later in May, Difanis found that Baity had indeed violated her probation that way. Assistant State’s Attorney Sarah Carlson said Champaign police were called to her home for an alcohol-fueled argument the same day that Baity had completed the intake process for her probation.
At Wednesday’s resentencing, Difanis referred to Baity’s “toxic relationships” with men.
“Apparently she stays too long and lashes out at whoever is the victim,” said Difanis, noting that Baity was sentenced to prison for nine years in 1990 for second-degree murder for killing her husband in 1988 in St. Clair County.
She also had another conviction in Champaign County in 1999 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, he said.
“Alcohol abuse is a common theme,” he said, adding that Baity’s case is not at all uncommon and that sentences to prison do little to deter others who engage in mutual combat with their partners.
However, in imposing a prison sentence of 52 months on Baity, he said he did so because “Miss Baity is dangerous.”