An East Peoria man avoided a lengthy prison term this week for entering his ex-girlfriend’s home and beating her new boyfriend as the couple slept.


Leslie Bennett, 27, was sentenced Monday to one year in prison for criminal trespass to a residence with a person present, a felony, and misdemeanor aggravated assault and battery. A Class X charge of home invasion was dismissed with his guilty pleas.


Bennett broke into the woman’s home in the 200 block of Cooper Street as she and her boyfriend slept late last Jan. 7. He punched the man in the face as the woman, who tried to stop the attack, was thrown to the floor, a prosecutor’s court affidavit stated.


The woman ran outside and called police, who arrived to hear Bennett and the man shouting at each other inside the home. He was arrested without further violence.


Bennett, however, spit at an officer after he was taken into custody, the affidavit stated.


He was given credit for a day he spent in custody before posting bond, and must also pay $1,662 in court costs.

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