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.
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verdict, Dykes’ bond was revoked and he was immediately taken into custody.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.
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
will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.