Prosecutors secure 10-year sentence in Domestic Battery Case

Man Attacked Victim Twice After Being Mistakenly Released from Cook County Jail

A domestic violence offender who was mistakenly released from Cook County Jail and then went on to attack the same victim on two separate occasions during his release from custody pled guilty to all charges today and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the Office of Cook County Anita Alvarez.

Steven Derkits, 31, of the 4400 block of South Talman in Chicago, pled guilty to Aggravated Battery and Attempted Murder and received a total sentence of 10 years.

According to prosecutors, Derkits and the victim had a prior dating relationship and lived together for more than three years when the first attack occurred July 9.  Derkits was charged with Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery to a Police Officer after becoming combative with police during his arrest. Derkits was jailed in connection with this attack and Cook County prosecutors increased those charges to felony offenses after the victim testified against Derkits in a preliminary hearing.  Derkits was then erroneously released July 30.  Almost immediately, he called the victim multiple times on her cell phone and made contact with her.

In the Aug. 17 attack, prosecutors said the victim was alone with Derkits in her apartment when he became violently upset with the victim because he believed she was cheating on him.  He then punched her in the face multiple times with his closed fists and took a lighted cigarette and burned the victim on her face and neck area in at least four different locations. The defendant then threatened to kill the victim and began choking her until she lost consciousness.  The victim suffered numerous injuries from the attack including a black eye, multiple cigarette burns and broken blood vessels in her left eye.

In the second attack on Aug. 20, prosecutors said Derkits attacked the victim on a public street near the corner of 47th Street and Sacramento Avenue on the South Side.  Prosecutors said Derkits again punched the victim several times in the face with a closed fist and then fled the area on foot.  Later that day Cook County Sheriff’s Police Officers responded to the victim’s apartment and took Derkits back into custody.

Derkits pled guilty before Judge Joseph Kazmierski during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorney Mikki Miller for her work on this case.