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1 arrested in connection with Woodstock beer bottle attack after Harvard wedding reception

WOODSTOCK – An Elgin man was charged with aggravated battery after Woodstock police said he lunged at a Glendale Heights man and cut him in the chest with a broken beer bottle during an altercation after a wedding reception.

Woodstock police responded to a call at 11:50 p.m. Friday at Best Western Woodstock Inn, 990 Lake Ave., about a fight, according to a news release.

Officers found the 27-year-old Glendale Heights man with had a deep cut to his neck, and he later was flown to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville with a life-threatening injury, police said. The unnamed victim remained in the hospital as of Monday morning, police said.

The fight started at a wedding reception in Harvard and continued at the hotel after guests were shuttled there, police said. Multiple people were involved in a fight at the hotel, and when police arrived, there was a large crowd of agitated people in the parking lot, police said.

Woodstock Police Chief John Lieb said it is his belief that something said at the wedding sparked the incident. No further details were given on what might have been said.

After several interviews, Jeffrey Kerley, 31, of Elgin was charged with one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, police said. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.

Kerley was taken to the McHenry County Jail, where he later was released after posting $20,000 bond. His next court date is set for July 25.

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