PEKIN — Two Tazewell County men were sentenced to hefty prison terms Friday in unrelated cases of severely beating their live-in girlfriends.

In one, Jeremy Calloway, 36, of Pekin, cried after receiving his 10-year term, the maximum available for his aggravated battery charge as a repeat offender and unlawful restraint. He wiped his tears with tissue that his prosecutor handed him as she walked from the courtroom.

Nicholas Majewski, 25, will serve eight years for attacking his girlfriend in their Delavan home.

In both cases the men repeatedly choked their victims until they nearly passed out.

Calloway, already twice convicted of domestic battery, beat his 40-year-old girlfriend throughout the predawn hours last Nov. 27 after finding that she and her visiting girlfriend had drunk some of his liquor, according to a prosecutor’s court affidavit.

After the girlfriend left, he pulled hair from the victim’s head, smashed it against a wall hard enough to crack the drywall, repeatedly punched her as he pinned her to their bed and continued his beating even as she used the bathroom, the affidavit stated.

The woman escaped only after her friend and mother came to her home in the 1500 block of Willow Street the next morning. The woman required hospital treatment for her injuries.

Majewski, with two past property-related crimes, received a sentence two years shy of the maximum available for his aggravated domestic battery conviction. He also faces prosecution and additional time if convicted of felony marijuana charges pending in Peoria County.

His argument with his girlfriend in their home early last May 28 turned violent when he flipped over their kitchen table, then slapped her in the face and repeatedly choked her, relaxing his grip only when she was about to pass out, charges stated.

“If I really was going to kill you I would have done it already,” she said he told her.

When she curled into a ball to protect herself, Majewski swung her by her shirt, causing her to strike furniture, a court affidavit stated.

She called the police after Majewski passed out on the floor. He told them he recalled flipping the table but no further violence.

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