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Crime & Courts

Sycamore man admits to stabbing another after Facebook fight

SYCAMORE – Robert Church faces probation or up to five years in prison after he admitted to stabbing a man in a fight that started with a heated Facebook exchange last year.

Church, 25, of the 1400 block of Larson Street in Sycamore, pleaded guilty Thursday to aggravated battery, and is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 28.

Authorities said he punctured a man’s lung and left a deep cut on his hand on May 5, 2013, during a fight at Church’s home.

The victim sent Church a message on Facebook indicating he wanted to beat him up in a fist fight, so Church gave the victim his address and invited him into his home, court records show. Church prepared a brass knuckle knife and flip blade knife before the victim arrived, even though he didn’t feel his life would be threatened, according to court records.

When the victim got to Church’s house, the two began to wrestle. Church held the brass knuckle knife in his right hand and flip blade knife in his left hand and, during the struggle, caused a deep cut to the victim’s hand, court records show. Church then swung one knife at the victim’s head, neck and heart, according to court records.

Church asked the victim to leave, and when he refused, Church thrust a small blade into the victim’s chest, which punctured his lung, court records show.

During police interviews, Church admitted to preparing the knives and swinging them at the victim. He told police he wanted to use the knives to maintain superiority in the fight, authorities said

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