PAXTON — A Melvin man charged with six felony counts of aggravated battery for allegedly stabbing another man in his chest was returned to the Ford County Jail on Tuesday, one day after being released on his own recognizance.
Toby W. Price, 45, who listed an address at 213 N. Green St., was charged in January with the six Class 3 felonies for allegedly stabbing fellow Melvin resident Derrick C. Manson during an altercation on Dec. 29, 2018, in the 200 block of North Green Street.
His jury trial was scheduled to begin Monday.
Prior to a jury being selected, however, Ford County State’s Attorney Andrew Killian notified Judge Matt Fitton and public defender Harvey Welch that after receiving a subpoena to testify, Manson contacted Killian’s office to inform Killian that he would not be available to testify due to prior professional commitments.
Killian then informed Fitton that Price had been in custody for 108 days and that continuing to hold him at the jail until the July jury term would violate Price’s right to a speedy trial. Killian, therefore, requested that Fitton convert Price’s $50,000 bond to a personal recognizance bond.
Fitton granted Killian’s request subject to several bond conditions, including a prohibition on Price from having any contact with Manson or being within 300 feet of Manson’s residence.
Killian said Price allegedly violated the bond order the following day, when Illinois State Police were notified that Price was staying at a residence in the 200 block of North Green Street, within the 300-foot restricted area. Killian said state police found Price there Tuesday evening, and he was arrested.
During a hearing held Wednesday regarding a petition to revoke Price’s bond, Fitton revoked the personal recognizance bond and set a new bond at $25,000, meaning Price would need to pay $2,500 to be released.
Killian said that as a result of Price being re-incarcerated on the bond violation, Price may be held in jail an additional 120 days without violating his right to a speedy trial.
A pretrial status hearing was set for May 31.
If convicted, Price faces a sentence ranging from probation to up to two to five years in prison.
Ford County Sheriff’s Lt. Pat Duffy told the Ford County Record that Price allegedly used a pocketknife with a 3- to 4-inch blade to stab the 32-year-old Manson in the collarbone area of his chest and in the lower-right area of his back. The incident occurred around 10 p.m. Dec. 29 after a fight broke out between Price and a couple of other people, Duffy said.
Duffy said the fight started after neighbors had confronted Price about him driving recklessly in a sport-utility vehicle around Melvin, doing “donuts” and spinning his wheels.
Manson, whose injuries were non-life-threatening, and Price, who sustained cuts to his hands, were both taken to Gibson Area Hospital in Gibson City.
Duffy said all parties involved had been drinking alcohol.