Man sentenced in SIU student beating

Man sentenced in SIU student beating

CARBONDALE, IL (KFVS) - A Chicago man has been sentenced in connection to a student beating at Southern Illinois University in April. Another man is awaiting sentencing in connection to the crime.

According to the Jackson County state's attorney's office, Gregory McElrath , 22, of Chicago, pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated battery on August 20. He was sentenced to 24 month probation, fined and ordered to complete an anger management course. He is also not to have contact with the victim and not to be on the premises of SIU while on probation.

McElrath and others waited for the SIU student to leave his dorm on April 21 before chasing him into the foyer of University Hall and beating him, according to State's Attorney Michael Carr.

Jihad Williamson, 19, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin was also involved in the beating. He was found guilty of aggravated battery and mob action charges by a jury on August 27. Sentencing for Williamson is set for November 6.

Neither McElrath or Williamson were SIU students at the time of the beating, which was caught on university surveillance cameras.

Williamson's bond was revoked and he was put behind bars until sentencing.

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