SYCAMORE – A jury didn’t need long to acquit a 34-year-old Sycamore man accused of slashing a man with a knife in a bar fight.
The jury, made up of eight men and four women, needed only about an hour of deliberation Wednesday to return its verdict in the aggravated battery trial of Anthony J. Sosin.
Sosin, who works in IT at Northern Illinois University, was accused of exchanging racial slurs with a man, Jo-Ann Galindo, 39, of the 400 block of Lucerne Avenue, at Hometown Sports Bar & Grill, 241 E. Lincoln Highway, in February 2017 before they fought behind the business.
According to a police report obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, Sosin admitted to police that he’d wielded a small folding knife because his shirt had been pulled over his head. Galindo was hospitalized and said he was stabbed five times – twice in the neck, once in the ribs, once in his chest and once in the back of his shoulder. He said that after he was taken to Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, he was taken to the intensive care unit at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford because of the severity of his wounds.
By the time police arrived at the scene, both men had fled. Sosin turned himself in on a warrant Feb. 22, 2017, and posted $1,000 bail.
Sosin, represented by Bob Nolan, took the stand Wednesday afternoon and said he didn’t know where the knife ended up after the fight. He was one of two witnesses to testify in his defense. Assistant State’s Attorneys Alicia Caplan and Dan Regna called five witnesses, including two DeKalb police detectives.
Judge William Brady presided over the trial.