Chicago man gets 19 years for beating girlfriend in Willowbrook hotel

A Chicago man was sentenced Friday to 19 years in prison for beating his former girlfriend and mother of their two children.

Dwayne Dykes, 43, of the 5400 block of South Wood Street, was found guilty Oct. 15 of one count of aggravated domestic battery, two counts of domestic battery and one count of misdemeanor resisting a police officer following a three-day-long trial at which the victim refused to testify, according to a DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office news release.

On June 21, 2017, Dykes and the woman were staying at a hotel in Willowbrook. A verbal altercation between the two took place that escalated to a physical altercation in which Dykes punched the victim in the face and then kicked her after she fell to the ground, the release stated.

Dykes was arrested and appeared in DuPage County Bond Court the following day where his bond was set at $250,000. On March 22, 2019, Dykes posted the necessary 10%, or $25,000, and was released from custody.

Because of his history, Dykes faced Class X Felony sentencing guidelines which is between six to 30 years in the prison.

“Despite the fact that the victim in this case refused to testify, not only was Mr. Dykes found guilty of beating the mother of his children, he was also sentenced to a significant amount of time behind bars,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said in the release. “The successful prosecution of Mr. Dykes and subsequent lengthy prison sentence demonstrates my office’s firm commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence.”

Dykes will be required to serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.