DuPage man found guilty of beating, kidnapping girlfriend
Sun-Times Media June 15, 2012 8:54PM
Jordan Ratley / photo from DuPage County State's Attorney's office
WHEATON -- A jury deliberated for about three hours Friday before finding a west suburban man guilty of beating and kidnapping his girlfriend last summer.
The DuPage County jury found Jordan Ratley, 26, of the 1800 block of Gregory Drive in Glendale Heights guilty of home invasion resulting in injury, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated domestic battery, He will face up to 60 years in prison when he is sentenced by Judge John Kinsella, according to the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.
At about 1:30 a.m. July 14, 2011, Ratley forced his way into an acquaintance’s apartment, where he knew his girlfriend was staying. He severely beat her on the head and body until she passed out, prosecutors said.
He then threw the unconscious woman over his shoulder, dragged her by the hair through the parking lot of the apartment complex and put her in the back seat of his car, prosecutors said. He was arrested by Glendale Heights police a short while later.
“Every nine seconds, in the United States alone, a woman is assaulted or beaten,” State’s Atty. Robert Berlin said in a statement. “Domestic violence affects us all and I would like to thank the jury for sending the message that domestic violence will not be tolerated in DuPage County.”
Ratley’s next court appearance will be July 19 for return of a pre-sentencing report and filing of post-trial motions.