Edgecomb begins 13 years in jail

Donelle Pardee Whiting

A Washington man began his 13-year prison sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated battery of a police officer, aggravated battery of a pregnant person, endangering the life/health of a child and battery.

Michael E. Edgecomb, 103 Sterling, originally pleaded not guilty to the charges that stemmed from a March 3 incident when he and his lawyer could not reach an agreement with the prosecutor.

Two domestic battery charges and a charge of aggravated assault of a police officer were dismissed.

Edgecomb was accused of throwing his infant, hitting his pregnant girlfriend, hitting Thomas Banasyzynski of Washington, who was in the apartment at 109 N. High St., and spitting on a Washington police officer.

Tazewell County judge Stephen Kouri sentenced Edgecomb to 13 years in prison for aggravated battery of a police officer, 10 years for aggravated battery of a pregnant person and one year each for child endangerment and battery.

The sentences will be served concurrently. Edgecomb received 57 days credit for time already served in the Tazewell County Jail.

Under the Illinois Truth-in-Sentencing law, Edgecomb must serve at least 85 percent of his prison term.

He is currently in Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security facility in Joliet.

As part of his sentence, Edgecomb must also pay $2,046 in restitution and court costs.

According to court documents, Edgecomb threw the child, then  18 months old, about 10 feet across the room to the child’s mother, who was sitting on a couch.

He also struck her in the face, knocking off her glasses.

Edgecomb also punched and threw a phone at Banasyzynski.

According to police, Banasyzynski said he and Edgecomb had been drinking earlier in the day.

While police were attempting to arrest Edgecomb, he swung his head back in an attempt to hit the officer.

At the station, Edgecomb spit in the officer’s face and then said he had AIDS.

Tests taken at the hospital proved negative.