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Crystal Lake man could get 10-year sentence in stabbing case

WOODSTOCK –A Crystal Lake man accused of stabbing another man in the neck with a broken pint glass at a bar faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to aggravated battery.

Austin R. Hobday, 32, also is eligible for probation at his sentencing May 24. He entered a blind plea in front of Judge Sharon Prather, meaning that there is no agreement with prosecutors as to his sentence.

Although he pleaded guilty to a Class 3 felony that is typically punishable by between two and five years in prison, Hobday is eligible for an extended term because his actions were considered "brutal or heinous behavior."

The other charges against Hobday, which were dropped as part of the deal, included armed violence. Had he gone to trial and been convicted on that count, he would have faced a minimum of 10 years in prison.

According to prosecutors, on Oct. 16, 2011, while at Kief's Reef near McHenry, Hobday hit the victim over the head with the pint glass, which then shattered.

Hobday is accused of then using the bottom half of the broken glass to stab the 29-year-old man in the neck.

Prosecutors have said the victim’s injury required more than 35 stitches and that the cut came within 2 centimeters of the jugular vein.

Hobday's attorneys have said their client acted out of self-defense.

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