PEKIN — A Peoria-based rap and hip-hop artist pleaded guilty in Tazewell County Circuit Court on Monday to beating a man he encountered in an East Peoria restaurant last winter.
Walter A. Bradford, 31, will serve a two-year probation term for aggravated battery. He was given credit for two days in custody before posting bond.
Bradford, originally of Chicago, is professionally known as Montana of 300. He has recorded albums that include “Fire in the Church,” his debut album, which reached No. 95 in the Billboard 200 listing of June 2016, according to the Billboard website.
Police were called on Jan. 21, 2018, to the East Peoria IHOP restaurant, where they encountered an employee, Terry Moss, who had swelling, bruises and cuts across his face, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated. Witnesses said Bradford had left the restaurant with others but returned, confronted and began beating Moss.
Moss first declined to give a statement but later said he had “gotten into an altercation” across social media postings with Bradford several years earlier, the affidavit stated. He said Bradford told him, “Keep my name out of your mouth” before beating him.