Woman admits attacking stripper

KRV Legal

By Charles Keeshan Daily Herald Staff Writer

A Wheeling woman pleaded guilty Monday to a misdemeanor charge alleging she attacked a male stripper when he failed to measure up to expectations during her daughter’s bachelorette party.

Jacqueline A. McMahon, 52, was sentenced to 30 days court supervision and ordered to pay $2,500 restitution to the victim as part of plea bargain on the battery charge reached with McHenry County prosecutors.

As part of the deal, prosecutors agreed to drop battery charges against McMahon’s daughter, Carrie L. McMahon, 22, of Loveland, Colo., and bridesmaid Kelly L. Meyer, 33, of McHenry.

“The mother and daughter always maintained that Kelly Meyer was not involved in the brawl,” Assistant McHenry County State’s Attorney Elizabeth Vonau said Monday. “What was most important to (the victim) was the restitution.”

Authorities say the 28 – year old man suffered head injuries, bruises and scratches when he was punched, kicked and hit over the head with a bottle after his performance July 13, 2002, at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Crystal Lake.

Police said tensions were running high that night when the stripper showed up at the sixth-floor hotel room later than scheduled and turned out not to be the dancer requested by the party hosts.

“He was the wrong guy,” Vonau added. “He was covering for a buddy.”

Some of the party attendees became even more angered, police said, when the man ended his performance sooner than expected and, according to the accused, without paying enough attention to the bride. The assault occurred, police said, when the victim later tried to collect his fee and the woman refused to pay.

The man was treated at the scene for minor injuries, but later had to undergo a CAT scan after complaining of dizziness, officials said. In addition to his medical bills, the restitution will also cover the cost of replacing clothes torn during the scuffle.

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