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Two cases resolved in DeKalb stabbing

SYCAMORE – Two of the three people police say were involved in a gang-related stabbing in DeKalb in March have accepted plea agreements.

Charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery and mob action remain pending against Francisco Velasquez, 22, of the 300 block of Oak Street in Aurora.

If convicted of the most serious charge, he could be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison.

Velasquez and two other men were at a party March 23 in the 1500 block of Stonefield Drive, DeKalb, when a fight broke out, police said.

They stabbed a 21-year-old man in the back and face, according to court documents. Police said two of the three charged had knives.

The victim was treated at Kishwaukee Community Hospital in DeKalb and released, police said.

Velasquez is next due in court Feb. 21, court records show.

Last week, Valentine Barragan, 20, of the 2600 block of Pleasant Street, DeKalb, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to 2 years of probation.

He was given credit for the 291 days he spent in the DeKalb County Jail while the case was pending and released, court records show.

On Dec. 21, Kerry West, 20, of the 900 block of East State Street, Sycamore, pleaded guilty to felony mob action and was sentenced to two years of probation.

He was given credit for serving 277 days in jail and released.

Both Barragan and West also were ordered to have no contact with gang members.

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