Baseball bat attack: Man pleads guilty to attempted murder outside Boystown nightclub

Cory Fulton-Miles pleaded guilty to attempted murder in connection with a baseball bat attack outside Hydrate nightclub. | CPD; Google

A Calumet City man today pleaded guilty to attempted murder for severely beating a man with a metal baseball bat outside a Boystown nightclub two summers ago.

Cory Fulton-Miles was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Judge Earl Hoffenberg. State law requires Fulton-Miles to serve at least 85% of his sentence. Three felony aggravated battery charges were dropped as part of Fulton-Miles’ deal with prosecutors.

Around 3:45 a.m. on June 13, 2017, police officers on routine patrol saw Fulton-Miles carrying a 28-inch bat outside of Hydrate Nightclub, 3458 North Halsted, which was preparing to close for the night.

The officers intervened after seeing Fulton-Miles strike a 28-year-old man in the head several times, causing the victim to fall to the ground with “massive head trauma,” according to prosecutors.

A bystander sprayed Fulton-Miles with pepper-spray as he ran from the scene and dumped the bat Cornelia Avenue, police said. He was quickly caught and arrested nearby.

The victim suffered blunt force trauma, a depressed skull fracture, brain hemorrhage, and a lacerated forehead. He was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition.

In 2012, Fulton-Miles received a three-year prison term for committing an armed robbery in the Loop.

With credit for 694 days time served while awaiting trial and his anticipated 15% sentence reduction, Fulton-Miles will be released from prison in about 6-1/2 years.

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