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‘Classic abuser’ from Elgin gets 7 years

Quinzeric D. Span 34  Elgsentenced seven years prisfor aggravated domestic battery

Quinzeric D. Span, 34 of Elgin, sentenced to seven years in prison for aggravated domestic battery

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Updated: December 1, 2012 6:00PM

An Elgin man with a long history of violence has been sentenced to prison for severely beating his girlfriend, the Kane County Stat’s Attorney’s Office said.

Quinzeric D. Span, 34, of the 400 block of East Chicago Street, was sentenced late Thursday by Circuit Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon to seven years in prison.

Span had pled guilty Oct. 16 to one count of aggravated domestic battery, one day after his trial in the case began.

According to police and prosecutors, shortly before 2 p.m. April 18, 2011, Span and the victim began to argue at a house in Elgin. Span grabbed the victim by the shirt and punched her in the face, then forced her to get into a car driven by a third person. In the car, Span continued to punch the victim in the face as she tried to fight him off. The car stopped near the intersection of North Grove Avenue and Seneca Street in Elgin, and the victim escaped and called 911. Span and the driver fled.

Responding officers described a golf ball-sized lump near the victim’s right eye. The victim was taken by ambulance to Sherman Hospital, where she was treated for a broken orbital bone and perforated eardrum from the beating.

At the time of this incident, Span was wanted on a 2010 warrant for felony charges of aggravated battery to a pregnant person and domestic battery with a separate victim. On July 23, 2012, Span agreed to a sentence of three years in prison in exchange for a guilty plea to domestic battery in the 2010 case.

During Thursday’s sentencing hearing for the 2011 beating, prosecutors presented evidence showing Span repeatedly contacted the victim in the 2011 case from prison or jail and attempted to coerce or threaten her to not testify against him or appear in court, including the day before the trial was set to begin. After Span plead guilty Oct. 16, he placed 453 telephone calls to his victim from the Kane County jail despite a court order that prohibited him from doing so, the state’s attorney’s office said.

Span’s criminal history includes a 1994 juvenile adjudication for battery, a 1998 conviction for felony mob action, a 1998 conviction for aggravated battery to a peace officer, a 2000 conviction for felony cocaine delivery, a 2004 conviction for domestic battery with bodily harm, a 2006 conviction for unlawful delivery of a lookalike substance purported to be cocaine, and a 2008 conviction for felony marijuana possession.

Span has been out of jail or prison for only three of the past 12 years. In the last nine years, four victims have filed domestic violence related complaints against him.

Span must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence. The sentence is to be served consecutive to the sentence he received July 23. Upon his release from prison, Span also must serve a term of four years of mandatory supervised release, formerly known as parole.

“Mr. Span shows all of the signs of the classic domestic abuser,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said. “He has beaten numerous victims, he has apologized to them, and he has intimidated them. He has done it repeatedly. That cycle of violence is how we know that, without intervention, Mr. Span will abuse again. Prison not only protects society from Mr. Span, it presents an opportunity to Mr. Span to learn how to stop being a serial domestic abuser.

“Thanks to Elgin Police Officer Jordan Rapacz, who helped bring Mr. Span to justice, and to Nina Jones at the Kane County jail for her invaluable assistance in tracking Mr. Span’s telephone calls to the victim. Thanks also to Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Christina Wascher and Andrew Whitfield, who prosecuted this case.”

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