Richmond man sentenced to prison for possessing switchblade, punching Walmart employee

David A. Stoneburner accepted a plea deal from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office on Thursday

A Richmond man was sentenced to prison Thursday for possessing a switchblade during a 2019 traffic stop and hitting a Walmart employee during a separate incident.

David A. Stoneburner, 36, of the 10500 block of North Main Street accepted an offer from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office and pleaded guilty to possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated battery.

McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge accepted the plea deal and sentenced Stoneburner to six years in prison. In exchange for Stoneburner’s guilty pleas, prosecutors dismissed additional drug, property damage and retail theft charges that were pending against the man, court records show.

Officers with the Hebron Police Department arrested Stoneburner on Feb. 11, 2019, court records show. According to a news release from the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office, police initially stopped Stoneburner’s vehicle for a traffic violation, which led them to discover a switchblade knife in his possession.

Stoneburner was barred from having weapons at the time based on prior felony convictions, according to the release.

During the traffic stop, police also identified Stoneburner as the person involved in a Jan. 6, 2019, battery at the Johnsburg Walmart, according to the release. He was accused in that case of punching a Walmart employee and hitting the man while he was on the ground, court records show.

Stoneburner pleaded guilty Thursday to an aggravated battery charge stemming from that case and was sentenced to two years in prison. He’ll serve the two-year sentence alongside the six-year possession of a weapon sentence for a total of six years in prison, records show.

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.