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The Daily American - West Frankfort, IL
  • Barnfield sentenced on battery charge

  • WEST FRANKFORT --- Charles L. Barnfield, 34, of West Frankfort was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after entering a guilty plea in Franklin County court last week.


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  • Charles L. Barnfield, 34, of West Frankfort was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after entering a guilty plea in Franklin County court last week.
    Accused of severely beating a man with a stick on Nov. 27, 2011, state's attorney Evan Owens said a post-plea agreement had been negotiated on the class 3 felony charge of aggravated battery.
    Additional counts of home invasion, aggravated battery while wearing a mask and a robe along with a charge of domestic battery were dismissed in exchange for the plea, Owens said.
    The state's attorney said Barnfield was familiar with the victim when the incident occurred on Fairland Street in Benton. Owens said Barnfield and co-defendant Bobby D. Barnfield, 56, of West Frankfort entered the residence without cause and caused major injuries to the victim. The co-defendant is Barnfield's father, Owens said.
    Judge Tom Dinn ordered Charles Barnfield to serve one year of mandatory supervised release, pay court costs and restitution upon his release. He said a restitution hearing would be set at a later date. Dinn said a maximum fine of $25,000 could be imposed.
    A sentencing hearing is slated for Aug 17. Each defendant has spent 213 days in the county jail.
    Judge Tom Dinn recommended that the elder Barnfield serve 30 months probation on a post-plea agreement, pay court costs and $250 to the anti-crime fund, submit to DNA testing, comply with probation programs and pay a $25 monthly probation fee for his role in the home invasion.
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