Nearly six months was enough time in jail for a Pekin man who shot a 12-year-old boy in the legs with a pellet gun and whipped him and his younger sister with a belt and a wet bandana.
Andrew Reyna, 22, also will serve two years of probation with his guilty plea to one count of aggravated battery to a child. Four others were dismissed.
Reyna was given credit for 173 days spent in custody in the Jan. 12 plea agreement that produced his conviction. He had been held on $30,000 bond since he was charged Aug. 3. He had no prior felony record in Tazewell County.
While neither the boy nor his 10-year-old sister suffered serious injuries, they caused pain and, on the boy, “scabbed over welts,” according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.
The boy said Reyna, his older sister’s boyfriend, struck him in the legs with a belt because he didn’t get his chores done on time.
He said Reyna had him stand against a wall on July 20 and shot him in the legs with a gas-powered pellet gun. Over the next two days, he also struck the boy with a belt, the affidavit stated.
The following day, Reyna “tied a bandana in his mouth and whipped him on the back with a wet bandana,” the affidavit stated.
During that period, Reyna also tried to tie a bandana around the girl’s mouth, she told police. When she struggled and told him to stop, he slapped her on the neck with the bandana and also struck her with a belt, the affidavit stated.
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Jail, probation for Pekin child assaulter
Jan 23, 2018 at 2:19 PM