Homeless Man Jailed For Tossing Coffee at Barista

Man assaulted barista with hot coffee

Saturday, Feb 27, 2010  |  Updated 11:30 AM CDT
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A homeless man was sentenced to two years in prison for throwing scorching hot coffee into the face of a Starbucks barista in Crystal Lake.

Jonathan Pease, 28, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery and criminal damage to property earlier this month.

Pease's attorney and county prosecutors agreed on the sentence after an evaluation determined he was not eligible for probation because of his homeless status.

"They would only accept him if he had a verified address and phone number, and he does not," Assistant Public Defender Jason Majer told the Daily Herald.

Pease walked into a downtown Crystal Lake Starbucks on Nov. 14 and demanded coffee and a roll. The barista gave him a cup of coffee, but police said he was still acting strange. A second barista tried to calm Pease down and he threw his cup of coffee at the woman, causing first and second-degree burns to her face and chest.

Documents show that Pease was arrested and charged with aggravated battery after throwing hot coffee onto a worker at a behavioral health clinic in Woodstock, Ill, the Daily Herald reported.

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