Emmanuel Chapple Faces 30 Years In Prison For Spitting On Jail Guard

04/13/2011 03:33 pm ET | Updated Jun 13, 2011

A man who was being held in Champaign County Jail in Illinois faces up to 30 years in prison for allegedly spitting on a jail guard while in his cell.

The Associated Press reports that 25-year-old Emmanuel Chapple has been convicted of aggravated battery for spitting on Craig Wakefield in January as the officer walked past his cell.

Since Chapple has previous drug-related convictions, he can be charged as a Class X Felon for the spitting incident under Illinois law--which requires a mandatory six to 30 years in prison.

The News-Gazette of east central Illinois has more on Chapple's criminal history:

Chapple, 25, whose last known address was in the 300 block of East Park Avenue, was being held in the Champaign County Jail on unrelated charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, robbery and unlawful restraint for a Jan. 10 incident in which he allegedly robbed and raped a woman he knew in Champaign, then refused to let her leave her home.

Those charges remain unresolved and are expected to be addressed May 25 when Chapple is sentenced by Judge Tom Difanis for the aggravated battery.

His previous drug convictions include delivery of a controlled substance and possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance.

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