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Hammond man gets 3 years in prison for Chicago stabbing

Updated: January 20, 2013 6:33AM



A Hammond man convicted of stabbing another man during a 2010 brawl in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood that was captured on video was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday.

Darren Hayes, 25, was convicted on Nov. 19 of aggravated battery, said Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Andy Conklin.

Hayes, of the 900 block of Kenwood Street in Hammond, was arrested several days after the July 4, 2010, beating and stabbing, which occured the 3300 block of North Halsted Street. A neighborhood resident recorded the attack and posted the video on YouTube.

Prosecutors said the victim was walking on Halsted Street with two friends when Hayes and a group of eight to 10 individuals passed and something was said. The groups encountered each other again later in the block and Hayes pushed the victim and threw the first punch, prosecutors said. His group then attacked the victim.

The victim’s friend unsuccessfully tried to pull him away and the victim fell into a gate. He later freed himself and he realized he’d been stabbed several times, court records show. The victim was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was treated and released.

Detectives used the video to identify Hayes from his Facebook photos after an anonymous tip, authorities said. Hayes turned himself in to detectives after they contacted him.

Two knives were recovered from Hayes’ home, prosecutors said.



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