Ex-Monee mayor accused of breaking ump’s jaw at kids baseball game will go to trial in January: judge – Chicago Tribune

A former Monee mayor accused of punching a youth baseball umpire in the jaw last year is set for a bench trial in January, a Will County judge decided Wednesday.

Jay Farquhar, who was ousted as mayor in the April election, is charged with two counts of aggravated battery. Each count carries a sentence of two to five years in prison if convicted.

According to authorities, the 51-year-old Farquhar allegedly broke an umpire’s jaw during a June 4, 2016 baseball game for 7- and 8-year-olds. The umpire required surgery for his injuries.

Farquahar, who has pleaded not guilty to the charges, claims self defense. Will County Judge Daniel Kennedy will preside over his bench trial now set for January 10.

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