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Como man gets probation in hostage-taking

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Jason A. Chapman

COMO – A Como man who held a woman hostage in January is on probation for that crime, and for possession of methamphetamine.

Jason A. Chapman, 41, was sentenced May 3 in Whiteside County Court to 2-and-a-half-years probation for unlawful restraint and possession of less than 5 grams of meth, both felonies, and for misdemeanor domestic battery, for which he was sentenced to 2 years' probation. All three sentences will run concurrently.

Charges of aggravated unlawful restraint, possession of less than 2,000 grams (4.4 pounds) of marijuana, and possession of 30 to 100 grams of marijuana were dismissed, per his plea agreement.

He also was was sentenced to 5 months in jail; he was released the day of his sentencing on time served.

At the same time, he also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery in a case filed Nov. 3. A count of felony aggravated battery was dismissed, and again, he was sentenced to 2 years' probation.

Chapman was free after posting $3,000 of his $30,000 bond in that case when he held the woman hostage in a standoff Jan. 25 at his home in this village west of Sterling-Rock Falls.

Sheriff's deputies responded around 4 p.m.; he surrendered around 7:30 p.m. and no one was injured.