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Man sentenced to 3 years in jail after beating SIU student

JACKSON COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

A Milwaukee man was sentenced to a total of three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections Friday on charges of aggravated battery and mob action.

According to the Jackson County State’s Attorney, after a jury trial Tuesday, Aug. 27, Jihad Williamson, 19, was found guilty of beating a Southern Illinois University-Carbondale student in the foyer of a residence hall on campus.

Williamson left the scene but was later found by SIU police officers after eyewitnesses provided his description. He was also captured on multiple video surveillance cameras, according to the state’s attorney.

Williamson was accompanied by Gregory McElrath, 22, of Chicago.

The state’s attorney says McElrath entered into a negotiated plea to avoid trial on Aug. 20. He pleaded guilty to the charge of aggravated battery, which is a felony.

McElrath was sentenced to serve two years of probation, pay a fine and serve three days in the Jackson County Jail. He also has to complete anger management classes and avoid contact with the SIU student victim.

Williamson was sentenced to two years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for aggravated battery, a class 3 felony, and one extra year for mob action, a class 4 felony.

One year of supervised mandatory release will follow Williamson's sentences.

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