A Woodstock man has been sentenced to three years in prison for attacking another man with a large knife, causing severe injuries to the victim’s hand during a struggle over the weapon.
Joshua A. Brown, 22, of the 700 block of Prairie View Lane in Woodstock, was charged in November with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, aggravated domestic battery, reckless conduct causing great bodily harm and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
A criminal complaint filed in McHenry County Circuit Court said that Brown repeatedly swung and thrust a large knife at a man, who lived with Brown.
The victim, fearing for his life, tried taking the knife from Brown and a struggle ensued, the complaint said.
The victim had his hands around the knife, but Brown pulled it from the victim’s hands.
The victim sustained severe lacerations to both of his hands.
The complaint said the victim received approximately 40 stitches and had to be treated by a specialist in order to regain the use of his thumb.
The incident occurred on October 29, 2021, and officers with the Woodstock Police Department obtained an arrest warrant for Brown days later.
Brown was taken into custody and transported to the McHenry County Jail. Brown has been held in the jail since his arrest.
On Friday, Brown entered into a negotiated plea deal with the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.
He pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, a Class 3 felony, in exchange for prosecutors dismissing his other charges.
McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge approved the plea deal and sentenced Brown to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
He will be required to serve 50% of the sentence and will receive over 300 days of credit for time already served.