SYCAMORE – A DeKalb man with a history of domestic battery offenses will spend the next several years in prison after pleading guilty to again attacking a girlfriend.
Dylan J. Blackstone, 25, was sentenced to seven years in prison as part of a plea agreement entered into Thursday in DeKalb County court, according to a news release from DeKalb County State's Attorney Rick Amato's office. The charges were in connection with a May incident in which prosecutors said Blackstone punched the victim in the face, breaking her jaw and then preventing her from calling 911.
The sentence was the maximum allowable for the charge, and the plea agreement was accepted by DeKalb County Judge William Brady. Blackstone, who has given numerous addresses in the DeKalb and Sandwich areas over the years, must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence. Blackstone, who has been an inmate at the county jail since late May, receives credit for time served, Amato's office said.
“Every act of domestic violence is preventable, and we will continue to work to stop it," Amato said in a news release. "Outstanding work by Assistant State's Attorney Ali Friend in prosecuting this case."
On May 26, Blackstone and the victim had an argument about 2:30 a.m. in Prairie Park, which ended with Blackstone punching her. DeKalb police said in court records that officers were later called to the victim's apartment in the 300 block of Augusta Avenue, where they found the victim bleeding from her face. Blackstone later was arrested in the 400 block of Lucinda Avenue, police said.
Blackstone has a history of domestic violence charges. He was acquitted of domestic battery by a DeKalb County jury in February but was found guilty of the same charge in Kendall County in December 2017, when he was sentenced to probation and five months in jail, with credit for 133 days he already had served.