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3/2/2013 5:51:00 AM
Man avoids prison in road-rage incident

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

By Tom Collins
NT Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — A Mendota man pleaded guilty Friday to two felonies in connection with an August road-rage incident in Earlville but avoided prison.
Nickolas D. Gilbert, 32, of 100 S. First Ave., also listed in Earlville, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and one count of attempted robbery, both Class 3 felonies carrying 2-5 years in prison.
However, Gilbert had no significant criminal history and was instead sentenced to 30 months’ probation, anger management and 30 days in La Salle County Jail.
Gilbert was charged following an Aug. 26 incident at the junction of U.S. 34 at Ottawa Street in Earlville. According to the criminal information Gilbert allegedly approached a motorist through the victim’s driver’s side window, punched the motorist in the face and then demanded the motorist’s wallet and money.

* Separately, a Homer Glen burglar pleaded guilty Friday and was sentenced to 4 years in prison.
Shady Ali, 28, of 1358 W. Bramble Court, Homer Glen was charged with multiple felonies after leading Ottawa police on an Oct. 27 high-speed chase ending on Interstate 80 near the Seneca exit.

Tom Collins can be reached at (815) 220-6930 or

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