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Woodstock man gets 5 years for sex case, jail stabbing

Published: Thursday, March 27, 2014 3:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, March 27, 2014 11:15 p.m. CDT
Juan D. Lebron

WOODSTOCK – A Woodstock man was sentenced to five years in prison for having sex with a minor, and later picking up additional felony charges for attacking a fellow inmate in McHenry County Jail.

Juan D. Lebron, 29, previously pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse for an encounter involving a 14-year-old girl. He has been in custody since his July 2013 arrest.

While he was awaiting sentencing, Lebron was charged with aggravated battery for stabbing another inmate in the neck with a pencil. That inmate, Joshua Hachmeister, was treated for minor injuries.

“[Lebron] has no control over his violence,” Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Zalud said at Thursday’s sentencing hearing.

Lebron’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Angelo Mourelatos, asked that his client be given probation. He said the sex was consensual and that Lebron believed the girl to be of consenting age. As for the jail incident, Lebron was sticking up for another inmate, Mourelatos said.

Addressing McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather, Lebron asked for leniency.

“I’m sorry for what I’ve done. I hope I get the right treatment to proceed in life,” he said.

Prather sentenced Lebron three years on the sex charge and two years for the battery. The sentences, served with day-for-day credit, will run consecutively.

Lebron is required to register as a sex offender upon his release.

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