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4th domestic battery conviction leads to 3-year prison sentence

Published: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 11:48 a.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 11:51 a.m. CDT
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Justin Bivens, 31, was sentenced to three years in prison after his fourth domestic battery conviction.

SANDWICH – A 31-year-old Sandwich man previously convicted of aggravated domestic battery was sentenced to three years in prison Thursday for hurting the same victim in August.

Justin Bivens, of the 300 block of Wilshire Drive, accepted a plea agreement Thursday in which he admitted to punching the mother of his child in the forehead, court records show.

Bivens will receive credit for 271 days he already has served in jail, said Associate Judge John McAdams. Bivens also may serve up to four years of parole. He is not eligible for probation based on prior violations, court records show.

Bivens was convicted of domestic battery on July 25 when he admitted to elbowing a woman in the lip, court records show. He was also convicted in a 2010 aggravated domestic battery case when he punched the same woman in in the mouth and wrapped his hands around her neck, court records show. Bivens also has a conviction in a 2002 domestic battery case in Kendall County.

Bivens entered the DeKalb County Domestic Abuse program in 2010 but was terminated from the group about a month later for inconsistent attendance, court records show.

Bivens and the victim have a child together, court records show.

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