CHARLESTON -- A man accused of domestic battery has received counseling and that was part of the reason why the charge against him was dismissed, according to the case's prosecutor.
Jeffrey B. Douglas, 50, for whom court records list an address of 1305 S. Fourth St., Mattoon, had been accused of pushing a woman against a wall on Sept. 19 of last year.
Since his arrest, Douglas has receiving counseling and so has the woman who was the alleged victim, according to Coles County Assistant State's Attorney Rob Scales, who prosecuted the case.
The counseling appears to have addressed Douglas' anger issues and what led to the confrontation, Scales explained. He added that the woman wanted the charge to be dismissed.
The charge was a felony because Douglas has a prior domestic battery conviction.
Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien dismissed the charge at Scales' request. Douglas represented himself.
In other cases in court recently, O'Brien accepted guilty pleas from:
- Michael C. Adams, 33, whose address on record is 505 N. Division St., Lot 15, Charleston, to a domestic battery charge alleging he shoved a woman on Sept. 17, causing her hand to catch on a door jam.
Adams entered the plea to a misdemeanor charge and a felony charge that included the allegation that he had an earlier domestic battery conviction was dismissed.
He was placed on probation for two years with terms including evaluations for substance abuse treatment and other counseling. Part of that will be treatment specific to domestic violence cases.
Adams was also ordered to have no contact with the woman, while jail time was stayed, meaning he won't have to serve if there are no violations.
O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that State's Attorney Brian Bower and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.
- David D. Stovall, 44, who listed "homeless" as an address, to a theft charge alleging he stole merchandise from a Mattoon convenience store on Nov. 27, 2014.
The charge was filed as a felony because of a prior property crime conviction but was reduced to a misdemeanor.
Stovall was placed on probation for two years and the sentence also covered his guilty plea to a misdemeanor resisting police charge. That charge accused him of fighting with an officer who responded to a report of an argument in which Stovall was involved on Oct. 6.
Probation terms included a substance abuse treatment evaluation and stayed jail time. O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Scales and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.
The theft case was filed in 2014 but Stovall wasn't located and arrested until the resisting police incident took place.
- Michael D. Evans, 24, whose address on record is in Altamont, to a retail theft charge alleging he stole merchandise from the JC Penney store in Cross County Mall in Mattoon on Oct. 4, 2016.
A methamphetamine possession charge alleging Evans had the drug at the time was dismissed. Terms of his two-year probation sentence included about $240 in restitution that also covered thefts from other stores and for which he wasn't charged.
Evans was also ordered to pay about $1,300 in fines and court fees and a substance abuse treatment evaluation was ordered. Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.
- Amber S. Miller, 24, for whom records list an address of 812 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, to a theft charge alleging she stole merchandise from a Walmart store on Oct. 26, 2015.
The charge was a felony because of a prior theft conviction and terms of Miller's two-year probation sentence included about $500 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.
Scales and Ortega recommended the plea agreement. Records show that Miller had been at large after failing to appear at two scheduled court hearings and was then arrested last month.