Frankfort Man Sentenced for Crossbow-Knife Fight in Joliet Bar

Michael A. Jefferson accepted a plea deal Monday and will serve two years and six months in jail after threatening a man last year with a loaded crossbow and chef's knife over shirt-swapping with a woman.

A man who was sentenced to two years and six months in jail Monday, Aug. 13, according to court records.


Michael A. Jefferson, 33, of the 10800 block of Lincoln Highway, accepted a plea agreement of one count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, according to Will County Circuit Court records. He originally was charged with aggravated assault and a second count of unlawful use of a weapon by a felon after a fight at Gerry's Place, in the 1800 block of East Washington Street in Joliet in September of 2011.

The fight began inside bar after another man agreed to exchange shirts with an unknown woman, according to a Will County Sheriff's Office report. Eight men, including Jefferson, then jumped the man, and the fight eventually spilled out into the bar's parking lot.


Jefferson left the bar, and he returned with a chef's knife and a crossbow, which he pointed at the other man and unsuccessfully tried to shoot him with it several times. When deputies arrived at the bar, Jefferson had the knife in his right hand and the crossbow in his left and was approaching the man, who was covered in blood, according to the report.


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Jeremy Kuszciak August 17, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Don't bring no knife to a crossbow fight.
KMK August 18, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Frankfort resident or motel guest? that's the address of Abe Lincoln motel!
Joe Vince August 18, 2012 at 05:55 AM
@S.Pike: People do stay at the Abe Lincoln as their residence. I've spoken to the manager about doing a story on it. It's something that increased when the economy tanked. Joe Vince Local Editor, Frankfort/Mokena
Frankforter August 18, 2012 at 01:06 PM
If you check the State of IL sex offender registry (and if you don't, you should!) you'll see the Abe Lincoln address used fairly frequently. In order to register as an offender, you need an address.


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