URBANA — A 63-year-old Urbana man who slapped a woman in the face at a Champaign bar is headed to prison.
Larry Ross, who listed an address in the 500 block of South Lierman Avenue, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated battery, admitting that on Nov. 13, he slapped an employee of The Chester Street bar in the face, knocking her glasses off. He was sentenced to three years.
Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said Ross was intoxicated and the woman was trying to keep him out of the bar when he hit her.
Lozar said Ross has several prior convictions, including theft and aggravated battery.
In other criminal cases resolved before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis on Tuesday:
— Devin McClendon, 17, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Beardsley Avenue, Champaign, was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 50 hours of public service. He pleaded guilty to aggravated battery for hitting a fellow Central High School student in the face on Feb. 14 at the school.
Assistant State's Attorney Stephanie Weber said McClendon was upset with the 15-year-old boy over a $5 cannabis deal. The victim had to have teeth surgically repaired, Weber said.
McClendon was also ordered to take anger management classes.
— Jerry Tate, 39, of Skokie pleaded guilty to possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance for a sentence of 18 months of probation. He was also fined $1,275 and given credit for 108 days already served in jail.
Tate pleaded guilty to having less than 1 gram of heroin at a home in Urbana on Nov. 16.
Co-defendant Princeton Rush, 38, is scheduled to be tried in June.
— Dwight Bell, 31, whose last known address was in the 1600 block of West Bradley Avenue, Champaign, was sentenced to two years of probation for forgery. He admitted that on Jan. 2, he cashed a check at County Market, 1819 S. Philo Road, U, that had been stolen from a friend's house.
Lozar said that eight or nine stolen checks from the same victim had been cashed at a couple of Urbana businesses. Bell was also ordered to repay $534 to County Market and Wal-Mart.
— Heidi Click, 28, of Villa Grove was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge and ordered to make restitution of $1,028 to Wal-Mart on North Prospect Avenue in Champaign.
Click pleaded guilty to theft over $500, admitting that between Dec. 5 and 31, 2011, while working as a cashier, she credited money to a gift card without paying for it.
— Ernest Hall, 19, of Chicago was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge after pleading guilty to mob action. He admitted that on Feb. 16, he took part, with two other men, in threatening the residents in an apartment in the 1300 block of North Lincoln Avenue.
Weber said one of the residents had allegedly hit the sister of Hall's friend and that Hall, while armed with a handgun, threatened to shoot the man through his door.
Weber said Hall and the other two men left when the victims said they were calling police.
— Caleb Cooke, 23, of Tolono was sentenced to 30 months of probation after pleading guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He pleaded guilty to having sex between November 2011 and January 2012 with a girl from Sidney who was under the age of 17.
A second case of aggravated criminal sexual abuse alleging Cooke had sex with a teenage girl from Tolono was dismissed in return for his plea.
He was also fined $500.
— Weber dismissed a felony theft charge against Kaylan Braaten, 21, who listed an address in the 1100 block of Holiday Drive, Champaign.
Braaten and co-defendant Kevin Johnson, 23, who listed the same address, were charged last June stealing steel from a Champaign business in late May.
Weber said she didn't think she could prove Braaten's guilt. Johnson's case is unresolved.