A man who lunged for a Naperville police officer’s Taser during a fight last fall outside a bar in the city’s downtown, only to have the officer shock him with the device, has been sentenced in that case.
Michael S. McLaughlin is the last of four men to be convicted in the Oct. 27 melee outside the controversial, now-shuttered BlackFinn American Saloon, at 16 W. Jefferson Ave.
McLaughlin, 28, of Glen Ellyn, pleaded guilty in DuPage County Circuit Court to two amended, misdemeanor counts of attempting to resist or obstruct a police officer, court records showed. Two misdemeanor charges of battery were dismissed, records indicated.
Judge Jane H. Mitton accepted McLaughlin’s plea and ordered him to serve 15 days in the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program, or SWAP, according to records. Mitton on Oct. 10 also placed McLaughlin on a year of court supervision and ordered him to pay unspecified fines and court costs, records showed.
Five police officers were patrolling Naperville’s downtown bar and restaurant district early that morning when they found two groups of people shouting at each other following a confrontation inside BlackFinn. McLaughlin was seen punching another person in the face.
Police Sgt. John Westlove in October said McLaughlin then “reached out and tried to to grab the Taser” being held by one of the officers. “He resisted and was tased,” Westlove said.
Another man, Eric J. Sola, interfered with McLaughlin’s arrest and was taken into custody, Westlove said. Two others involved in the fighting, Jose I. Martinez and Nicholas A. Panno, were also arrested.
Martinez, 22, of Montgomery, originally faced the most serious charges, of felony aggravated battery and resisting or obstructing a police officer. Records indicated a plea agreement earlier this year reduced those charges to a single count of battery.
Judge Blanche Hill Fawell on June 25 accepted Martinez’s plea and ordered him to serve 15 days in SWAP, according to records. Martinez was also placed on a year of conditional discharge, a form of probation.
Sola, 27, of Schaumburg, pleaded guilty in June to an amended misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct/breach of peace. Mitton on June 7 sentenced him to four days in DuPage County Jail and ordered him to pay $357 in fines and court costs, records showed.
Panno, 27, of Wheaton, pleaded guilty Feb. 27 in Naperville’s municipal courtroom to an amended charge of disorderly conduct/alarmed and disturbed. Records indicated Judge Mary E. O’Connor that day placed him on an unspecified period of court supervision.
The fight was an ingredient in the catalyst that prompted members of the City Council to call for an increased police presence in the downtown on weekends.
BlackFinn closed last spring, with its storefront quickly occupied by The Wise Boxer Pour House.