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O’Fallon man who nearly beat his mother to death had prior violent charges, police say

O'Fallon resident Paul Beaumont, 34, who nearly beat his mother to death, will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated battery.
O'Fallon resident Paul Beaumont, 34, who nearly beat his mother to death, will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to aggravated battery. Special to the News-Democrat

An O’Fallon man who police say gave his mother life-threatening injuries by striking her on the head with an object has a long history of violence and domestic battery.

When police arrived at the 1700 block of W. Highway 50 on Jan. 20, they found Laura Bishop bleeding heavily from the head and suffering from life-threatening injuries, according to a search warrant affidavit. Her daughter Sarah Bishop was crying in the kitchen.

The woman’s son, 34-year-old Paul Beaumont, was arrested and charged with aggravated domestic battery and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm hours after the ambulance left their house.

Beaumont had been yelling at Laura Bishop, Sarah Bishop told police, and then Laura Bishop told Beaumont to go to his room, according to the affidavit. Sarah Bishop got in the shower, and when she turned the water off, she said she heard her brother yelling and knocking things over.

Then a knock came on the bathroom door.

It was Beaumont, Sarah Bishop told police. He said he had “just killed mom,” according to the affidavit.

Sarah Bishop got dressed and rushed downstairs, finding her mom lying facedown on the floor, bleeding heavily. She started doing CPR on her mother, and Beaumont told her to call 911, then said “I’m going to prison.” Sometime after that, as Sarah Bishop performed CPR, he slipped out of the house, leaving the door open.

She called 911, and when police arrived, they found “obvious signs of a struggle,” according to the affidavit. Furniture had been moved around, and there was broken glassware lying on the floor near Laura Bishop. No one aside from the two Bishop women were in the house.

Police searched for Beaumont for more than four hours, then found him unconscious near a trailer in the trailer park he lives in, according to the affidavit. He had blood and cuts on his hands, and he was transported to Memorial East Hospital.

Beaumont has a long, violent history in St. Clair County.

His most recent violent offense was in 2011, when he and his older brother, John Beaumont, were charged with three counts of aggravated battery. One count was dismissed, and Paul Beaumont was sentenced to two years in prison. His brother was sentenced to three years in prison.

The charges stemmed from a home invasion, for which the Beaumonts were also charged for, but later was dismissed by the prosecutor and replaced by the three battery charges. During the alleged home invasion, the brothers punched a man in the face, and kicked and punched his head, according to court documents. They also hit another man with a shovel.

Paul Beaumont was charged with battery in 2010, and the charge was dismissed.

For striking a woman in the face with his fist in October 2009, he was convicted of domestic battery and had to pay a fine to the court. Earlier in the year, he was charged with battery causing bodily harm, two counts of resisting a peace officer, two counts of disorderly conduct, drunkenness and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. All of those charges except one disorderly conduct charge and one resisting a peace officer charge were dismissed. He was sentenced to community service and fined.

In 2003, he was convicted of battery for hitting a man with a blunt object and was sentenced to one year of probation. Two years prior, he was charged with hitting that same man with a pipe, but both charges were dismissed.

Overall, he has been charged with harming or threatening to harm eight different people, including his mother.

For Beaumont’s most recent charges, a grand jury will decide if there is enough evidence to formally charge him and continue with the criminal process.

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