In Ford County Circuit Court Monday ---A Paxton man was arraigned on charges of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated domestic battery for allegedly holding a female’s head underwater, choking her and fracturing her nose. Prosecutors say it happened during a domestic dispute at their home.
The News-Gazette reports 40-year-old Demetrius Couzens remains jailed on no-bond for the alleged January 9 incident.
Couzens is also being held on a parole hold from the Illinois Department of Corrections related to a 2013 conviction for aggravated domestic battery in Kane County.
The IDOC website shows that Couzens also had a prior conviction for attempted murder in Winnebago County in 2004.
If convicted of attempted murder, Couzens faces a sentence ranging from 20 to 80 years.