One of the two men accused of the Aug. 15 altercation behind Carolyn Wenz School that included the discharge of a firearm is prison bound.
Alex M. Noble and Tyge A. Hissem were arrested and charged in the incident. While the fight occurred in an alley behind the school, it was not related to the school and the school was not a target for the violence.
Noble, 20, Paris, appeared in custody Aug. 28 and pleaded guilty in this matter and to another unrelated felony charge.
His guilty plea to a Class 3 felony aggravated battery in a public place charge resulting from the incident behind Wenz School got him a 42-month sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections with credit for 14 days previously served, a $420 fine, court costs and various state fees.
He also pleaded guilty to a Class 2 felony burglary charge and was sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with credit for 63 days previously served, a $600 fine, court costs and various state fees.
The sentences are consecutive, and the court ordered Noble will complete the three-year burglary sentence first before the 42-months for the aggravated battery conviction starts.
In exchange for the guilty pleas, the state dismissed a Class 1 felony residential burglary, a Class 4 felony unlawful possession of handgun by a delinquent under the age of 21 and a Class A misdemeanor unlawful possession of a firearm by a delinquent under the age of 21 charges.
Noble made an oral request for a three-hour jail furlough before starting the prison sentence. Judge David W. Lewis denied the furlough request.
Noble was on a jail furlough Aug. 15 when he participated in the fight near the school. He was released approximately one-hour before with instructions to report immediately to the Hour House in Charleston for in-patient treatment. That did not happen, and during his initial appearance Aug. 17 for the aggravated battery charge, Judge Matthew L. Sullivan made known his displeasure that Noble abused the furlough by not following its conditions and engaging in another crime.
Noble was remanded to custody by Lewis for transportation to prison.
Hissem, the other defendant in the case, is scheduled for a Sept. 11 preliminary hearing. He is charged with a Class 2 felony of a felon in possession of a weapon, a Class 3 felony possession of a weapon with a defaced serial number and a Class 4 felony reckless discharge of a firearm endangering others.