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Judge Finds Joseph Messina Guilty in Mokena Coma Punch Case

There are 40 comments on the Patch.com story from Jan 3, 2013, titled Judge Finds Joseph Messina Guilty in Mokena Coma Punch Case. In it, Patch.com reports that:

Judge Sarah Jones found New Lenox resident Joseph Messina guilty of punching a Joliet man into a coma outside a Mokena bar in July 2009.

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Dixie

New Lenox, IL

#1 Jan 3, 2013
Unbelievable. 5 years for being at the scene of a fight.Crazy. This trial was a witchhunt all along. Bartel's wanted justice and it didnt matter who it was.(By the way you should be mad at Mokena PD for what a botched investgation they did. Taxpayers money hard at work over there.) I understand that, but wouldnt you want the right guy? Cause in my opinion, with everything i've heard and read, you didnt. Eric's life is gone, Joe's life is screwed and the guy that actually threw the punch got away scott free. Blind justice. But as everyone says these days, it is what it is. And with that being said our prisions are way way over-crowded, Illinois has no
money. A friend of mine was randomly stabbed about 5 years ago. The guy also stole a car after he stabbed him. He was caught,sentenced to 18 years, he was out in 4 YEARS. So it is what it is, I will see you again very soon Mr. Messina but tomorrow Eric's will wake up and still be in his wheelchair.
Edward

New Lenox, IL

#2 Jan 4, 2013
Your lies about what happened don't mean anything now. He's convicted. They got the right guy and he's going to jail for a long time. You may not be seeing him as soon as you think. Guys like him get murdered in prison all the time.
Dang

Mokena, IL

#3 Jan 4, 2013
The people (so called friends) that were there with Joe at the bar and knew exactly what had happened didn't say ONE WORD and now it is the systems fault that they have the wrong guy?

wow.
george

Palatine, IL

#4 Jan 5, 2013
Covering up for a friend and taking the fall is all Joe is guilty for. Many people knew that from the beginning. Not too many people would go to that extent for a friend but Joe did. Call it honorable call it stupid. Everyone lost in this case. My prayers go out to all involved. Even the person who has to live with guilt of knowing the truth of what happened that night.
Dang

Mokena, IL

#5 Jan 5, 2013
George:

It is stupid. When you cover for a friend that has done something illegal, that is criminal too.

stupid. have a criminal charge on your record for life just to stick up for a not so good friend? STUPID

I feel sorry for both sets of parents.
Crazy

Joliet, IL

#6 Jan 7, 2013
I've never had a person hit me in the face unprovoked at a bar, so I think that the whole Eric is a saint angle should be downplayed. The entire situation is just sad and I feel bad for both families but justice had to prevail in this case. Someone has to be held accountable for Eric being a vegetable. It takes 2 to tango.
joke

United States

#7 Jan 7, 2013
I know both joe and eric and all you can say is that it is a very awefull story....2 good guys in the wrong spot at the wrong time
big t

Chicago, IL

#8 Jul 2, 2013
what was his sentence??
Gambler

Homer Glen, IL

#10 Jul 7, 2013
george wrote:
Everyone lost in this case.
I won!! I had 3-1 odds moron Joe would be found guilty
Chalkie

United States

#12 Jul 10, 2013
Something isn't right
Justice league

Roselle, IL

#13 Jul 10, 2013
Na na na na,

Na na na na,

hey, hey, hey

goodbye!
susie

United States

#14 Jul 10, 2013
george wrote:
Covering up for a friend and taking the fall is all Joe is guilty for. Many people knew that from the beginning. Not too many people would go to that extent for a friend but Joe did. Call it honorable call it stupid. Everyone lost in this case. My prayers go out to all involved. Even the person who has to live with guilt of knowing the truth of what happened that night.
If he covered for a friend this whole time, then he is a dumbass that belongs in jail. Lying in a criminal case is a crime.
best fall-guy

Manhattan, IL

#15 Jul 11, 2013
Joe sure was convincing the way he bravely took the rap for his bud. I liked how he hid in the van to make it look 'real'. He's quite an actor.

Steroids and beer don't mix.
big t

Chicago, IL

#16 Jul 11, 2013
how long did he get??
Lol

West Chicago, IL

#17 Jul 11, 2013
Joes fat a** ain't on roids
Professor

United States

#18 Jul 12, 2013
He did get raped

Since: Aug 10

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#19 Aug 14, 2013
Professor wrote:
He did get raped
Who was raped? Joe Messina? It seems as though he had it coming!
Wise Owl

Orland Park, IL

#20 Aug 14, 2013
Even though probation was granted for the agg/batt conviction, there may be future charges 5, 10 even 20 or more years from now. Why? Ask a lawyer. Tick tock tick tock......
wanger

Manhattan, IL

#21 Aug 14, 2013
Wise Owl wrote:
Even though probation was granted for the agg/batt conviction, there may be future charges 5, 10 even 20 or more years from now. Why? Ask a lawyer. Tick tock tick tock......
It takes 2 to fight. If the other man does from complications it's murder.
New Lenox Patriot

New Lenox, IL

#22 Aug 14, 2013
There's a photo in the New Lenox Patriot of 8/15 on page 48 of a Joe Messina enjoying his day fishing. Very poor judgement Patriot if this is the same Joe Messina.

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