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8 years in prison for Woodstock man who beat, stabbed victim in gas station attack in Woodstock

Ricardo J. Carreno Jr., 38, of Woodstock.

A Woodstock man charged with attempted murder for beating and stabbing a man at a Woodstock gas station last year has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Ricardo J. Carreno Jr., 38, of the 500 block of Birch Road in Woodstock, was charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery and aggravated violation of an order of protection.

McHenry County Judge Robert Coppedge found Carreno guilty on three counts of aggravated battery and one count of violation of order of protection following a bench trial on June 2.

Coppedge found Carreno not guilty of the attempted murder charges.

The charges stem from an attack at the Shell gas station, 315 Madison Street in Woodstock, just after midnight on June 14, 2020.

Prosecutors said that Carreno slashed the tires to a 32-year-old man’s vehicle. The victim pulled into the gas station to check the air in his tires after noticing the leak.

Carreno ran up to the victim and struck him in the head with a baseball bat, prosecutors said.

The victim attempted to defend himself but Carreno stabbed the victim in the shoulder area with a knife multiple times.

Woodstock Deputy Police Chief Jeffrey Parsons said that the male victim was with a 31-year-old woman who had an active order of protection against Carreno. She sustained a laceration to her hand during the attack.

The woman was treated at the scene by paramedics and did not need to go to the hospital. The woman’s three kids, who Carreno is the father of, were also at the scene but were unharmed, Parsons said.

The male victim, who was seriously injured, was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine Hospital in Woodstock and subsequently flown by medical helicopter to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

Coppedge sentenced Carreno on Wednesday to eight years in prison.