WOODSTOCK – A 32-year-old Huntley man who participated in a fight that destroyed a man’s right eye pleaded guilty to felony mob action Monday.
Jaroslaw F. Czapla, of 10984 Cape Cod Lane, could be sentenced to probation or to between one and three years in prison at a hearing Jan. 8 before McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather. In exchange for his guilty plea, a misdemeanor count of battery and an unrelated domestic battery case were dropped.
If the case had proceeded to trial, witnesses would testify that Czapla participated in an altercation in the driveway near his condominium in July 2008, Assistant State’s Attorney Ryan Blackney said. Robert Steele, then 32, suffered a broken nose and orbital bone and now has a prosthetic eye.
After Czapla pushed Steele to the ground and multiple people kicked him, Czapla told Steele not to call police while holding a chair and a pipe, Blackney said.
Steele and his then-fiancée, April Bieze, previously said the argument broke out at a 2-year-old’s birthday party when Czapla and two other men, all Cubs fans, taunted Steele with claims that White Sox fans had missing teeth. Steele was a White Sox fan.
The domestic-violence case that was dismissed Monday alleged that Czapla grabbed a female family member’s right arm hard enough to cause bruising and grabbed and pushed a male family member in March. He also was accused of grabbing the phone away from the woman when she tried to call police, causing her to cut her hand.
Jeff Altman, a defense attorney for Czapla, declined comment outside the courtroom.
In connection with the July 2008 fight, charges of aggravated battery and mob action remain pending against Boguslaw Czapla, 38, of Elmwood Park. He is next due in court Nov. 13.
A warrant on charges of mob action and battery remains active against Maciej “Mike” Trojnar, of Elmwood Park.