I’d like to share my experience with the people of Lee County. I stopped at a local bar and, upon entering, a female patron said something to me. I responded that I hadn’t heard what she said.
At this point, a much younger man than me, whom I later learned has a history of violence and arrests, came up and sucker punched me, knocking me to the floor. He punched my face and head about 20 times, which was caught on surveillance video.
Dixon police were called, a report was made, and the offender was later arrested and charged with battery.
I attended the first court hearing and spoke with Assistant State’s Attorney Toby Ortega. I told him I’d attend all court hearings in order to pursue this matter, and I didn’t want plea bargaining for a lesser crime.
At the final pre-trial when my case was called, I couldn’t hear well because of where I was sitting. I learned the state’s attorney’s office made a plea agreement without my knowledge, reducing the charges to disorderly conduct. Mr. Ortega could see I was upset and informed me he was told by Lee County State’s Attorney Henry Dixon to have the charges reduced.
I had a meeting with Henry Dixon and, after a heated exchange, told him I’d do my best to inform Lee County voters of my experience and the way he treated a senior citizen.
It’s good to have someone like Henry Dixon to ask a favor of; just don’t ask for justice.