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Ignacio D. Rodriguez

Ignacio D. Rodriguez

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Updated: March 8, 2014 6:15AM

ST. CHARLES TWP. — A West Chicago man has been convicted of severely injuring a Hampshire man during a dispute over an auto repair job.

Late on Tuesday a jury in Kane County Circuit Court found Ignacio D. Rodriguez, 53, of West Chicago, guilty of aggravated battery with great bodily harm, a Class 3 felony.

Evidence and testimony during the trial showed that at about noon on Jan. 31, 2013, Rodriguez went to the victim’s Hampshire business to ask about the status of a car the victim had been hired by Rodriguez to repair. A dispute ensued over the amount of time the job had taken. As the victim turned to walk away, Rodriguez punched him three times with a closed fist in the left cheekbone.

Two friends and the victim’s wife were in a nearby work shed, heard the victim strike a metal wall after the third punch and ran to see what had happened. They arrived to see the victim’s severely damaged face and Rodriguez, uninjured, standing near the victim.

The victim suffered multiple broken bones to his face and underwent surgery following the attack.

Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti set Rodriguez’s next court appearance for April 11, for motions and sentencing. Rodriguez faces a sentence of probation or between two and five years in prison.

Rodriguez remains free on $5,000 bond.

The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorneys Christina Wascher and David Belshan.

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