Mt. Vernon man takes plea deal in April bar fight case

Mt. Vernon man takes plea deal in April bar fight case

MT. VERNON, IL — A 24-year-old Mt. Vernon man pleaded guilty Monday in Jefferson County Court to the lesser of three charges against him stemming from an April bar fight that sent another man to the hospital with serious injuries. Hunter Clover was facing two Class 3 felonies for aggravated battery resulting in great bodily harm and aggravated battery in a public place, along with Class 4 felony reckless conduct resulting in great bodily harm.

He pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to the Class 4 charge in exchange for the two Class 3 felonies being dismissed. Clover is scheduled to be sentenced January 27, 2022. According to Mt. Vernon Police Chief Trent Page, officers responded April 3, 2021, to Dee Bee’s on South Ninth Street on a report of a belligerent subject the bar wanted removed.

Before officers arrived, however, they received a second call of a man in his 40s needing medical attention. The man was involved in an alleged altercation with Clover and was subsequently hospitalized in serious condition. 

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