Ex-con going to prison for Naperville stabbing

James R. Raymond
James R. Raymond

A man from Naperville has been sentenced to seven years in prison for slashing another man with a kitchen knife last fall during a fight.

James R. Raymond, 29, last lived in an apartment complex on the 100 block of Testa Drive on Naperville’s west side. He remained Thursday in DuPage County Jail in Wheaton, awaiting transfer into the custody of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

DuPage County Circuit Court Judge Blanche Hill Fawell convicted Raymond of a felony charge of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm in the incident, which occurred in the complex where Raymond lived.

Fawell on Wednesday imposed the seven-year prison term, giving Raymond 256 days of credit toward his sentence for time he has spent in jail since being arrested, court records indicated. A companion felony count of armed violence committed by a felon with a weapon was dismissed, records showed.

Raymond was previously found guilty of DUI, shoplifting and trying to sell drugs 11 years ago on the grounds of Naperville North High School. He served jail terms for two of those crimes.

Naperville police were sent about 11:43 p.m. Nov. 2 to the Testa Drive address to investigate a report of a stabbing. They found a then-27-year-old man bleeding from a knife wound, Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said last fall.

Paramedics took the man to Edward Hospital in Naperville, where he underwent surgery. Cammiso said he did not know where, on his body, the man had been stabbed.

Investigators concluded Raymond used a knife with a 6-inch blade to slash the other man, who was an acquaintance of his. The stabbing occurred while the two were arguing about an undisclosed issue.

Raymond’s criminal record dates back to February 2003, when he was charged with trying to sell marijuana on the campus of Naperville North, 899 N. Mill St.

He ultimately pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted delivery of marijuana. A judge that June ordered him to serve 10 days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, or SWAP, and placed him on supervision, according to court records.

Lombard police arrested Raymond four years later on a charge of felony retail theft. Court records indicated he was sentenced two months later to six months in jail.

Raymond was arrested again in August 2010 for driving drunk in Naperville. He was sentenced to 82 days in jail in that case.

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