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People v. Conley

Illinois Appellate Court
543 N.E.2d 138 (1989)


Facts

William J. Conley (defendant) was charged with aggravated battery after attacking Sean O’Connell outside a party. Conley demanded that O’Connell’s friend Marty Carroll give him a can of beer. When Carroll refused, Conley attempted to hit Carroll with a wine bottle. Carroll ducked and Conley instead hit O’Connell. As a result, O’Connell sustained a broken upper and lower jaw and four broken bones. He lost one tooth and underwent surgery on ten other damaged teeth. His damaged teeth are expected to last only two-thirds the lifetime of an undamaged tooth. Other permanent injuries include partial numbness in one lip. The relevant statute defines permanent disability or disfigurement as aggravated battery. It requires a person to intentionally or knowingly cause such injuries. The trial court found Conley guilty of aggravated battery and Conley appealed.

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