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Crime & Courts

Homeless man sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison

WOODSTOCK – A homeless man has been sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison after being accused of choking and punching his girlfriend, whom he wouldn't let leave the tent they had been sharing.

Edward M. Lewandowski, 49, pleaded guilty on Monday to unlawful restraint, a Class 4 felony, for the May incident.

According to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office, Lewandowski detained the woman in a blue and orange tent pitched in an unincorporated, wooded area west of Rose Farm Road near Woodstock.

At the time of the offense, Lewandowski had been on conditional discharge for an aggravated battery case in which he punched a police officer in the face. That sentence was revoked as part of the plea deal accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather, who also ruled that the offenses were committed as a result of the abuse of alcohol or controlled substances.

Lewandowski's criminal record includes a February 2010 disorderly conduct conviction for yelling threats at a homeless shelter site. He also has several judgments against him for consumption of alcohol in a public place.

– Sarah Sutschek

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