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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Monday, May 3, 2021

Chicago Man Sentenced to 19 Years for Aggravated Domestic Violence

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced that Dwayne Dykes, 43, (d.o.b. 2/14/1978) of the 5400 block of South Wood Street, Chicago, has been sentenced to nineteen years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for beating his former girlfriend and mother of their two children. Late last Friday, Judge Jeffrey MacKay handed down Dykes’ sentence. On October 15, 2020, Judge Mackay found Dykes guilty of one count of Aggravated Domestic Battery (Class 2 Felony), two counts of Domestic Battery (Class 4 Felony) and one count of Misdemeanor Resisting a Police Officer following a three-day-long trial at which the victim refused to testify.

On June 21, 2017, Dykes and the woman were staying at a hotel in Willowbrook. At some point in time, a verbal altercation between the two ensued escalating to a physical altercation in which Dykes punched the victim in the face and then kicked her after she fell to the ground. Dykes was taken into custody and appeared in Bond Court the following day where his bond was set at $250,000 with 10% to apply. On March 22, 2019, Dykes posted the necessary 10%, or $25,000, and was released from custody. Following Judge MacKay’s guilty verdict, Dykes’ bond was revoked and he was immediately taken into custody. Because of his history, Dykes faced Class X Felony sentencing guidelines which is between six to thirty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

“Despite the fact that the victim in this case refused to testify, not only was Mr. Dykes found guilty of beating the mother of his children, he was also sentenced to a significant amount of time behind bars,” Berlin said. “The successful prosecution of Mr. Dykes and subsequent lengthy prison sentence demonstrates my office’s firm commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence. I would like to commend Assistant State’s Attorneys Lee Roupas and Kathleen Rowe for their outstanding efforts that resulted in a nearly two-decade sentence despite the fact that the victim refused to testify or otherwise assist in holding her assailant responsible for his actions.”

Dykes will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.