A 29-year-old Cahokia man faces up to four years in prison after a jury found him guilty Tuesday of grabbing a woman by her hair and ripping it from her head.
Antonio Davis has been in custody since Feb. 14, a day after the offense.
St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly said the victim in the case refused to testify.
“But the jury saw through the defendant's manipulation of the victim in this case,” he said. “It’s a scenario we see too often where victims seek help from police and then refuse to cooperate — but as difficult as this can be, there is the occasional case where we have unique evidence and we can still move forward without the victim’s testimony.”
Court documents indicate she did, however, participate in a recorded interview with police in February.
“There was a rare exception to the hearsay rule that applied in this case, and that gave us a fighting chance,” Kelly said.
Davis’ trial began Monday and wrapped up around 4 p.m. Tuesday — after jurors deliberated on two domestic battery charges for about five hours.
The jury found him not guilty of the second charge alleging he aggressively grabbed the woman by her shoulders. During the trial, Judge Robert Haida dismissed a third charge against Davis alleging he robbed the woman of her purse.
Davis was previously convicted of domestic battery in 2015 and aggravated battery of a peace officer in 2013. He was also convicted of a marijuana offense in 2012 and unlawfully using a weapon in 2009.
He will serve a minimum of one year in prison.