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Man who punched fellow employee at Decatur workplace gets 24 months' probation

Man who punched fellow employee at Decatur workplace gets 24 months' probation

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Richard J. Rush

Richard J. Rush

DECATUR — Richard J. Rush, the man accused of repeatedly punching an employee during a dispute at his Decatur workplace, was sentenced to 24 months' probation Monday.

Rush, 57, appeared in Macon County Circuit Court and pleaded guilty to a single charge of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony.

Macon County Assistant State’s Attorney Christina Mullison said the incident dated to 6:30 a.m. on the morning of Nov. 3 as work assignments were being handed out at construction supplies firm Goedecke.

A sworn affidavit from the Macon County Sheriff’s Office said Rush, described as a driver, became upset he could not work with a particular fellow driver. The affidavit described him as punching the employee handing out the assignments in the head, knocking him to the ground.

“When he attempted to get up, Rush punched him on the left side of his face causing him to fall again,” said the affidavit, which also said Rush threatened “to get a gun” and kill the employee.

Outlining the plea deal to the court, defense attorney Philip Tibbs was careful to point out that the man attacked by Rush was not his supervisor, even though he was the handing out the assignments, but a fellow employee.

As part of his sentence, Rush was also ordered to stay away from the victim and his former workplace, perform 100 hours community service and pay $250 to have his DNA indexed in a Illinois State Police crime database.

Asked for comment after the hearing, Rush said, “I am happy with the sentence,” and added he was glad he wasn’t facing jail or prison time. The maximum sentence for aggravated battery in a public place is five years in prison. He did not wish to comment further about the incident. 

2019 mug shots from the Herald & Review

Contact Tony Reid at (217) 421-7977. Follow him on Twitter: @TonyJReid


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