A jury last week found Kendall County resident Paul Alexander Casiano guilty of felony assault – family violence with a prior conviction.
During the trial, which began last Tuesday and ended Wednesday, jurors heard that Casiano had not only been convicted of assaulting the same woman before, but that he was violating a family violence protective order against him by being in the vicinity of the victim.
According to information from the Kendall County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, on May 6, 2017, the victim was riding her bicycle home from work with her two young children.
After Casiano’s first assault conviction against her, the woman had applied for multiple protective orders in an attempt to protect herself and her children from further violence from Casiano.
Information stated Casiano tracked the victim down and again assaulted her. The DA’s office stated the woman repeatedly was pushed down and “rammed off her bike.” She screamed for her children to run home in an attempt to get them out of harm’s way.
One of her children – a 10-year-old daughter – turned around to see Casiano striking her mother and hearing him say he was going to kill her, information stated.
The victim later required hospitalization and treatment for her injuries.
Casiano elected for the judge to assess his punishment on Aug. 30 and has applied for probation. He is also facing felony charges for continuous violation of a protective order in regard to following the victim around the county, the DA’s office stated.
“Kendall County jurors once again showed that they believe and care about domestic abuse by finding the defendant guilty,” Kendall County District Attorney Nicole Bishop said. “Their verdict has protected not only this family but our entire community from a dangerous and violent offender. My office will continue to prioritize these cases and fight to obtain justice for victims.”
The state was represented by Special Victims Prosecutor Nick Socias. Casiano was represented by attorney David Parent.