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Aurora man pleads guilty to running over another man with car

Updated: October 12, 2013 6:35AM

Just days before his Kane County trial was scheduled to begin, an Aurora man has struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to aggravated battery for running a man over with a car.

Sweed Strickland, 31, 0-99 block of North Loucks Street, was facing attempted murder, aggravated battery and mob action charges for allegedly running a man over in September 2012 during a fight that took place in an apartment complex parking lot on Second Avenue in Aurora.

He was expected to take his case in front of jurors on Monday. On Friday, however, Strickland made an agreement with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, a lesser charge. He was sentenced to 60 months in prison.

Strickland’s co-defendent, Shawn Love, 32, 800 block of Bowditch Street, Aurora, brought his case in front of Judge Karen Simpson during a bench trial on Monday.

Simpson convicted Love of mob action for his part in the crime. He faces between one and six years in prison, and is eligible for an extended sentence because of his criminal history. He is expected to be sentenced on Nov. 5.

Prosecutors said Strickland and Love followed a Chicago man to an Aurora apartment complex in September 2012. Love and Strickland blocked the man’s vehicle in its spot, and the three got into a fight.

Prosecutors said that is when Strickland entered a 1998 Oldsmobile and struck the victim, dragging him the length of about five or six parking spots.

Strickland then tried to back over the man, who was able to move before being hit a second time, according to authorities. The man suffered non-life threatening injuries, including a broken nose, leg and injured spine.

Strickland also pleaded guilty on Friday to violation of probation, which he was placed on in June after being convicted of aggravated battery to a pregnant person and domestic battery. He was sentenced to 30 month in prison for that conviction, and will serve his time concurrent with his five-year sentence.

He must serve at least 50 percent of his sentence, and was given credit for 365 days served.

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