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11/5/2013 5:00:00 AM
Brawler could face prison time again

Tom Collins
NewsTribune Senior Reporter

OTTAWA — A La Salle man once imprisoned for a fatal bar fight pleaded guilty to felony battery Monday and could be headed back to prison for up to 10 years.
Bryan R. Tomaseski, 29, of 1596 Linden Ave. entered a blind plea to two counts of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony carrying an extended sentencing range of 2-10 years in prison but which also includes the possibility of probation.
Tomaseski does not have a sentencing date in La Salle County. Instead, attorneys in the case agreed to a Nov. 21 status hearing and left hints that they might have an agreed sentence to present to Judge Daniel J. Bute. Tomaseski is free on bond.
Prosecutor Greg Sticka warned Tomaseski in open court that if he gets into any additional trouble before the Nov. 21 hearing — including any unauthorized trips to a bar or tavern — it would be grounds for revoking his bond. Tomaseski, he said, would then face Bute for a full sentencing hearing at a date to be set later.
Tomaseski was charged following a Dec. 16 incident at Jake’s Pour House in La Salle, during which a man said Tomaseski punched him in the head, knocking the man off his bar stool, and then fled the scene in his truck. A witness corroborated the victim’s story.
The victim was not seriously hurt. However, Tomaseski’s charge was elevated to a felony because the punch was delivered in a public place and because Tomaseski was sentenced to 3 years in prison for the 2007 killing of 25-year-old Andrew Sibley in a fight outside a La Salle tavern. Tomaseski was not, however, on parole at the time of the Dec. 16 fight in La Salle.

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

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