A jury found an East St. Louis man guilty of two counts of aggravated domestic battery Tuesday in St. Clair County.
Robert J. Hoskins, 60, is accused of using a knife to cut his girlfriend on the face and neck and stabbing her in the chest in February 2011. The wounds permanently disfigured the woman. The jury deliberated for 25 minutes before coming back with a guilty verdict. The trial was the second one on the same charges because a jury in February could not reach a verdict and a mistrial was declared.
Hoskins will be sentenced on Feb. 11 by St. Clair County Circuit Judge John Baricevic. He faces up to 14 years in prison due to his previous criminal history. He is not eligible for a sentence of probation.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State's Attorney William Clay and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ali Summers. Summers served as a special assistant state's attorney during the trial as part of a cooperative effort between the St. Clair County State's Attorney's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of Illinois.