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Judge Finds Joseph Messina Guilty in Mokena Coma Punch Case

New Lenox resident Joseph Messina faces as much as five years in prison for punching a Joliet man into a coma in July 2009.

Judge Sarah Jones found New Lenox resident Joseph Messina guilty of punching a Joliet man into a coma outside a Mokena bar in July 2009.

Messina, 24, faces up to five years in prison for the attack on 29-year-old Eric Bartels.

Check back for more details of the verdict and the reactions of the families.

fonzie January 04, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Nobody requested perfection. Just sweet 'ole Joe doesn't pummel people with his big meaty fists. Civilized society, and all.
she mustang lover January 05, 2013 at 06:29 AM
True,if your at the bar and drinking shit happens. Same when you watch the news everyone comes forward to say how wonderful that person was. No matter a fight got out of control. Three sides to all stories both sides and the truth. Both will suffer for the night out,how sad.
she mustang lover January 05, 2013 at 06:52 AM
No matter the outcome,they are both ruined for life. What I can't stand are the hanger on's these are the clowns that say crap about the other family involved. Remarks like death to the family,hope he dies,burn in hell "you know the kind" like they will score points....where I don't know? Maybe they get off on it. Butif you want to lynch the guy then ride up on a horse with a rope. At the bar no one is inocent words were said,tempers flare and this is the result.Sad for both sides and no one wins here. Someone I know lost their family member in a horrific accident,she got nine million dollars,she moved from a ghetto,bought a new house,new car,breast implants and a cruise. And now 3 years latter a. Boyfriend.Did that make all better?
John January 05, 2013 at 08:41 PM
Why would you say something so rude about someone you don't know? I've been attacked by someone before and luckily got out of it with out being put in a wheel chair trust me it can happen to anyone you don't think so take a late night walk with your Gucci purse by yourself downtown and get back to me. As long as someone gets in trouble right? Sounds like your motto
SSS January 09, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Seems excessive for a bar fight

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