Inmate charged in battery of another prisoner

SYCAMORE – A man already in the county jail on allegations that he was involved in a gang-related beating in February was charged Wednesday with an additional count of battery after police say he struck another inmate.

Michael J. Frazier, 22, had a dispute Monday with another inmate during the course of a card game, DeKalb County Sheriff Roger Scott said. Frazier then punched the other inmate in the face, Scott said. That inmate did not need treatment. Frazier was charged with battery, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

During a hearing Wednesday morning at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore, Associate Judge Melissa Barnhart set bond for the new charges at $5,000 and said Frazier was to have no contact with the other inmate. Scott said the jail staff had separated the two after Monday's incident and that they won't be housed in the same cell block.

Frazier was one of eight people – six men and two juveniles – charged with taking part in a gang-related beating in DeKalb. Police say the group was at a residence in the 800 block of Oak Street in DeKalb about 9:15 p.m. Feb. 28 when a pair of men who belong to a rival gang walked past and shouted insults at the people on the porch. The eight people in the house then attacked the two people on the street, police said.

In that case, Frazier was charged with two counts of aggravated battery, two counts of mob action and unlawful contact with a street gang member. His bond was set at $75,000 for those charges.

Frazier is next due in court July 16.