Jesse Smith pleads guilty to aggravated battery

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter

Jesse D. Smith, 25, of Galesburg, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery of a pregnant person, a Class 3 felony, in exchange for dropping three other charges in Mercer County Court on Monday, Nov. 10, 2008. Dropped charges included a second count of aggravated battery of a pregnant person, domestic battery, physical contact, a Class A misdemeanor and assault, a Class C misdemeanor.

Judge Frank Fuhr advised Smith of his trial rights, which Smith declined.

Assistant State's Attorney Meeghan Lee explained to the court that if this case had gone to trial the state would have proven that Smith committed aggravated battery in that he had physical contact of a provoking manner, which was aggravated because the victim was pregnant."

She explained that penalties for committing a Class 3 felony could include from two to five years in prison or jail, or two years probation or 30 months probation with six months of jail time, and or a fine of up to $25,000.

Lee said that on or about Oct. 24, 2008 an altercation between Smith and the victim took place where he pushed her down the stairs.

Judge Fuhr sentenced Smith to 24 months probation and ordered him to obtain domestic violence counseling, take parenting classes and keep in contact with the Department of Children and Family Services. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim or her children, to pay restitution and a fine of $400 and court costs. He was sentenced to 76 days in jail with credit day-for day of 36 days (18 actual served). The remaining 40 days were stayed pending compliance with the sentencing.