Man Sentenced for Battery and Driving Charges

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- 34-year-old Mathew Anderson was found guilty after a jury trial on January 23, 2013, and was sentenced on March 1, 2013 to a total of twelve (12) years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Judge White for the offenses of Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident Involving Personal Injury After Leaving the Scene, Aggravated Battery by use of a Deadly Weapon, Aggravated Battery Great Bodily Harm, Attempt Aggravated Battery, two counts of Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Driving After Revocation, and Aggravated Reckless Driving on June 10, 2012.

On June 10, 2012 around a quarter after 9 pm, Rockford Police were dispatched to the BP gas station at 1602 N. Alpine Road in Rockford. Police learned through their investigation that the gas station attendant had been struck by a vehicle in the parking lot and was still being treated by Rockford fire personnel upon arrival. The driver had fled the scene. The attendant was transported to Rockford Memorial Hospital for immediate medical treatment. A description was given of a white male wearing a baseball cap and no shirt around 30-40 years old. The suspect had come into the store and asked for a pack of cigarettes. The suspect had an odor of alcohol on him and he appeared intoxicated. The attendant exited the store and indicated the suspect began yelling at him and used several racial slurs. The attendant indicated he told the suspect to leave before police were called. The suspect then got into a car and began to drive off westbound then made an abrupt U-turn on Highcrest; accelerated and came back into the parking lot driving directly at the gas station attendant and another individual. That individual ran one way and the attendant ran the opposite way. The attendant advised the suspect directed the car at him, continued to accelerate and struck him with the front of the car.

On June 27, 2012, the investigation continued and focused on Mathew Anderson. A photo lineup was shown to eyewitnesses, and both eyewitnesses selected the photo of Anderson as being the person who was the driver of the vehicle. Anderson’s driving privileges were revoked pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/6-303 on June 10, 2012, said revocation being pursuant to 625 ILCS 5/11-501 and he had previously been convicted of Driving during a revocation/suspension on at least two prior occasions in Winnebago County.

Failure to Report a Motor Vehicle Accident Involving Personal Injury after Leaving the Scene is a Class 2 felony punishable by 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and the other offenses are punishable by 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. A conviction for the Class 2 offense is consecutive to the other offenses for a total of 12 years.

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