A 24-year-old Belleville man accused of choking, beating and cutting a woman had four domestic violence charges dismissed this week when he pleaded guilty to damaging less than $300 of hotel property.
Joshua L. Baum will serve 18 months of probation. During that time he will pay a $125 fee every month.
The man was charged after police say he choked the woman, hit her in the face, threw her to the ground and used a knife to cut her arm.
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said his office couldn’t proceed with the domestic violence case.
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“Prior to trial the alleged victim stated to prosecutors that she made the whole thing up,” Kelly said Friday. “Victims sometimes do that, but in this case we couldn’t prove otherwise.”
Baum was also accused of damaging the woman’s cell phone and causing almost $300 worth of damage to a hotel room in the Mid America Inn on Old Illinois 158 in Belleville.
He originally faced two counts of aggravated domestic battery, class 3 felonies; two counts of domestic battery, class A misdemeanors; and two counts of criminal damage to property, class A misdemeanors.
As a condition of his probation, Baum must not visit or contact Mid America Inn.