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Oak Park man faces prison time for Naperville beating

<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 26-year-old man from Oak Park faces a potential seven-year prison term, after being convicted of viciously beating a man who approached him and a friend last spring after one of them urinated on the wall of a building in downtown Naperville.

A jury of six on Wednesday declared the man, Paul L. Magee, guilty of a felony charge of aggravated battery in a public place, following a two-day trial in DuPage County Circuit Court in Wheaton.

Magee remained Thursday night in DuPage County Jail, where he has been held since being arrested.

Naperville police records indicated Magee was arrested about 2:33 a.m. May 19, following the incident near Benton Avenue and Webster Street.

Magee and a friend had gotten out of the car in which they were traveling, with one of them heading to a nearby alleyway to urinate on a wall. A then-26-year-old Naperville man who was walking home at the time saw the men and heard them talking loudly.

The man said he approached the vehicle but then tried to run away when Magee lunged at him. Magee caught the man and punched him several times.

Trial testimony showed the beating victim then tried again to escape, only to be attacked again by Magee. The man later underwent treatment at Edward Hospital in Naperville for what police said were serious injuries to his face and mouth.

Magee insisted the other man had been the aggressor in the incident, and that he was only trying to defend himself.

Records showed Magee is to appear Tuesday in court to answer a separate charge of driving with a suspended license last April in Naperville.

Judge Daniel P. Guerin presided over the aggravated battery trial. Magee is scheduled to return next month to court for a pre-sentencing hearing.

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