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17-year prison term given 
in stabbing of Genoa man

Published: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENOA – A 52-year-old Elgin man who police said stabbed a man in Genoa was given a 17-year prison sentence.

Rex A. Petty, of the 300 block of North Street in Elgin, pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to attempted home invasion, in exchange for prosecutors dropping a more serious charge of home invasion. He faced a prison sentence of between six and 30 years.

According to court records, Petty went into a home in the 900 block of Wilshire Drive in Genoa on Jan. 12, 2012, punched and kicked a man about the head and stabbed him in the stomach.

Petty was convicted of attempted burglary in October 2007 and of attempted violation of the Sex Offender Registration Act in December 2006, court records show.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for a 1990 attempted murder and to nine years in prison for a 1997 aggravated criminal sexual assault, prison records show. All of those cases were in Kane County.

In the recent case, Petty was given credit for the 361 days he spent in DeKalb County Jail while the case was pending.

He will have to serve three years of parole when finished with his prison term.

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