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Crime & Courts

Police: Man stabbed with sword at party

SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man was charged during the weekend with stabbing another man with a 4-foot sword that was part of a Halloween costume.

Mark S. Kleppetsch, 33, of the 7400 block of Gurler Road in DeKalb, was charged with aggravated battery and battery.

If convicted of the aggravated battery charge, he could face up to five years in prison.

He appeared in court Monday via closed-circuit TV from the DeKalb County Jail.

According to court documents, police were notified about 11:30 p.m. Saturday of a person who had been stabbed and battered in the 300 block of East Exchange Street in Sycamore.

Sycamore police Lt. Darrell Johnson said Kleppetsch and the victim were at a Halloween party and the sword was part of Kleppetsch’s costume.

Witnesses told police Kleppetsch and the victim had been fighting when Kleppetsch punched the man in the face. The victim also had a slight gash in his side from the sword, Johnson said.

The victim needed stitches while being treated at Kishwaukee Community Hospital, according to court documents.

Prosecutors said Kleppetsch has prior convictions of aggravated assault and domestic battery.

Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert told him he cannot have contact with the victim.

Kleppetsch’s bond was set at $20,000. He will next appear in court Nov. 14.

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