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Crime & Courts

Sycamore man accused of stabbing after Facebook argument to seek treatment

Robert Church
Robert Church

SYCAMORE — The 24-year-old Sycamore man accused of stabbing another man after a political argument over Facebook plans to seek treatment after a judge lowered his bond Tuesday.

Judge Robbin Stuckert agreed to reduce Robert A. Church's $50,000 bond to $25,000 under the condition he would seek treatment at the Rosecrance, a substance abuse and mental health treatment facility based in Rockford. Church would need to post $2,500.

His attorney, Clay Campbell, said Church may have health issues and needs treatment. Campbell did not elaborate on the potential issues.

Stuckert said Church must stay at the DeKalb County jail until an opening for him was confirmed at the treatment facility, and once released, he was not to use any alcohol or drugs. Campbell said Church plans to go there on May 28.

Church also agreed to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet should he post bond, Campbell said. 

Church was charged with two counts of aggravated battery.  Police said a 21-year-old Sycamore man sent him a Facebook message early May 5 indicating he wanted to beat up Church. Church sent him his address, police said. 

After arriving at Church's house, the two men fought but Church used a knife to slice the man's hand and then stab him in the chest, puncturing his lung, police said. A friend took the younger man to Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

Church's next court appearance will be June 6. 

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