Oak Park man gets prison for downtown Naperville attack

<p>Paul L. Magee, 26, of Oak Park, faces a potential seven-year prison sentence, after being convicted Wednesday of the brutal beating last spring of a man near downtown Naperville. | Courtesy of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office</p>

Paul L. Magee, 26, of Oak Park, faces a potential seven-year prison sentence, after being convicted Wednesday of the brutal beating last spring of a man near downtown Naperville. | Courtesy of the DuPage County Sheriff's Office

A man who brutally beat another man last spring during a confrontation in downtown Naperville has been sentenced to four years and nine months in prison in that crime.

Paul L. Magee, 26, of near-west suburban Oak Park, remains in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, pending his transfer into the custody of state prison authorities.

A DuPage County Circuit Court jury on Jan. 8 found Magee guilty of a felony charge of aggravated battery in a public place in connection with the May 19 beating of a man near Benton Avenue and Webster Street.

Judge Daniel P. Guerin on Tuesday sentenced Magee to 57 months, or four years and nine months, in prison, according to court records. Guerin gave Magee credit toward that term for the time he has spent in jail since being arrested, records showed.

The charge of aggravated battery in a public place carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison upon conviction.

Naperville police records showed Magee was arrested about 2:33 a.m. that day. Magee and a friend had gotten out of their car, and one of them walked to a nearby alleyway to urinate on a wall.

A Naperville man, then 26, was walking home and saw the men and heard them talking loudly.

The man later told police he approached the vehicle but then tried to run after Magee lunged at him. Magee chased the man, eventually caught him and then pummeled him with his fists.

The injured man tried again to escape, only to be beaten further by Magee. The man, now 27 and living in Glen Ellyn, later underwent treatment at Edward Hospital in Naperville for what police described as being serious injuries to his face and mouth.

Magee contended the victim had picked a fight with him, and that he merely defended himself.

An examination of court records revealed Magee in January 2011 was sentenced to 92 days in DuPage County Jail, after being convicted of a February 2010 battery in Naperville and a December 2010 case of attempted obstruction of justice in that city.

Naperville police in September 2010 arrested Magee and charged him with the felony manufacture or delivery of more than 10 grams but less than 30 grams of marijuana, records indicated. He was sentenced in September 2012 to 112 days in jail in that case, according to records.

Magee is also scheduled to appear Tuesday in court on a charge of driving with a suspended license last April in Naperville.

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