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Saline Co. man sentenced for attempted murder, battery of a child

James E. Houston (Source: Saline County Jail) James E. Houston (Source: Saline County Jail)

A Saline County man has been convicted on a number of charges including attempted murder and battery of a child.

On Tuesday, Saline County, Illinois Circuit Judge Walden E. Morris sentenced James E. Houston, age 34, of Harrisburg, Illinois to 18 years in prison following Houston's convictions for attempted first degree murder, aggravated domestic battery, aggravated battery of a child, endangering the life or health of a child, and criminal damage to property.

A Saline County jury found Houston guilty of those offenses on May 29, 2015 following a jury trial.

Houston's attempt first degree murder and aggravated domestic battery convictions arose out of an incident in which he allegedly shoved and grabbed his former girlfriend around the throat and attempted to strangle her. 

Houston's aggravated battery of a child conviction arose when he allegedly caused bodily harm to that woman's two year old child by injuring the child about the face, head and body.

A neighbor of the woman ultimately came to assist her and her child.

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