A judge sentenced a 26-year-old man to 10 years in prison for stabbing his girlfriend and setting his home on fire near McHenry in December.
Alexander Campos, 26, of McHenry, pleaded guilty Wednesday to residential arson, a Class 1 felony and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a Class 3 felony.
The McHenry Township Fire Protection District and McHenry County Sheriff’s Office responded in December to the 500 block of Sunrise Drive in unincorporated McHenry.
The McHenry County Sheriff’s Office said at the time a 25-year-old woman reported she had been battered and stabbed by her boyfriend, identified as Campos.
The woman was transported by ambulance to Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
As deputies were taking Campos into custody at his residence on Sunrise Drive, which is where the stabbing occurred, his residence was discovered to be on fire, the sheriff’s office said.
Firefighters arrived in under six minutes and found a split-level home with flames coming out the front door and windows.
The damage to the structure was substantial and the home was deemed uninhabitable.
A grand jury indicted Campos on charges of attempted first-degree murder, residential arson, aggravated battery, unlawful restraint and four counts of domestic battery.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court alleges Campos took a “substantial step” toward the commission of first-degree murder when he stabbed the victim in the chest area with a knife.
Campos, who was previously convicted of domestic battery in a 2015 Lake County case, pushed the victim onto a bed and held her there while holding a knife to her body, an indictment said.
Prosecutors arranged a plea deal with Campos and he pleaded guilty to the two charges in exchange for all other charges, including the attempted murder charge, being dismissed.
McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge sentenced Campos to 10 years in state prison on Wednesday.
Campos will also receive 208 days of credit for staying in the McHenry County Jail since the December incident.
Upon his release, Campos will also serve a two-year term of felony probation for pleading guilty to domestic battery in a separate case where he attacked a family member and spat on a police officer in November, court documents show.
Coppedge ordered Campos to pay over $1,200 in court fees and fines and register as an arsonist upon release.