One man sentenced & another awaits sentencing in aggravated battery and mob action at SIU


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

JACKSON COUNTY, Ill. - A local college student chased and beaten on campus saw some justice this month.

Jackson County State's Attorney Michael Carr announced one of the men accused in the attack, 22-year-old Gregory McElrath, pleaded guilty on August 20 to an aggravated battery charge.  He was sentenced to two years probation as well as fined, ordered to complete and anger management course, have no contact with the victim, and not be on Southern Illinois University's campus.

On April 21, McElrath, along with 19-year-old Jihad Williamson and other individuals, waited for the student to walk out of his SIU residence hall.  When he did, they chased him into the foyer of University Hall and beat him.

McElrath and Williamson were picked up later by police after talking to eyewitnesses and reviewing surveillance footage.

Williamson has pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and mob action by a jury on August 27.  He will be sentenced on November 6.