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Police: Convicted felon shoved girlfriend

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Robert A. McMaster

SYCAMORE – A 43-year-old Sandwich man with two prior felony convictions faces an extended prison sentence if convicted of fracturing his girlfriend's hip when he allegedly pushed her down.

Robert A. McMaster, of the 100 block of DeKalb Street, was charged with aggravated domestic battery, unlawful production of marijuana plants and two counts of domestic battery. If convicted of the most serious charge, aggravated battery, he would be sentenced to between six and 30 years in prison; probation would not be an option.

Police were called to McMaster's home about 7 a.m. Saturday, when his long-time girlfriend told authorities that McMaster shoved her as they were fighting over a cellphone, court records show. McMaster told police the woman slipped, court records show.

When officers went to speak with McMaster, they found a marijuana plant in plain view at his home, court records show.

McMaster's criminal history shows multiple burglaries, Assistant State's Attorney Jessica Finley said.

Bail was set in court Monday at $100,000. Presiding Judge Robbin Stuckert appointed a public defender for McMaster, whose next court date is Dec. 30.

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