Prison time for Uptown mallet attack

Corey Douglas | CPD

An Uptown man who faced attempted murder charges after he allegedly attacked a man with a rubber mallet last summer has reached a deal with prosecutors.

Corey Douglas, 21, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated battery causing great bodily harm in exchange for a four-year sentence, according to court records.

In July 2019, Douglas repeatedly struck a 24-year-old man in the head with the mallet inside an apartment building vestibule on the 4500 block of North Sheridan, according to prosecutors.

Cops arrived to find two men detaining Douglas and he was taken into custody. Also arrested was 19-year-old Kira Beckley. Police said they saw her fighting with another woman and then lunge at the woman with an unspecified weapon.

The Chicago Fire Department declared a Plan I EMS response because there were so many injuries at the scene.

Police said the man who was attacked with the mallet went to a hospital in critical condition with multiple head injuries. The female victim was taken to a hospital in serious condition with multiple head and face injuries. Also, Douglas was treated for minor injuries and Beckley had cuts on her chest and hand, police said.

The status of Beckley’s case was not immediately available due to limited courthouse access during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Douglas will receive credit for time served and a 50% sentence reduction if he behaves in prison. His parole date is set for January 3, 2022.

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