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Huntley man pleads guilty in Cubs-Sox brawl
By Charles Keeshan | Daily Herald Staff

Jaroslaw Czapla


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Published: 11/2/2009 3:20 PM

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A Huntley man is facing up to three years in prison after admitting guilt Monday to his role in a brawl at a child's birthday party that cost one man an eye.

Jaroslaw F. Czapla, 32, of the 10000 block of Cape Cod Lane, pleaded guilty to mob action in connection with the July 19, 2008, altercation authorities say began with friendly taunts between Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox fans.

In return for the guilty plea, McHenry County prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor battery charge filed after the same incident and a pair of unrelated domestic battery charges.

Czapla and his attorney did not comment. He faces one to three years in prison, or probation, when sentenced Jan. 8.

The fight erupted, police said, as Czapla, his brother Boguslaw Czapla, 38, of Elmwood Park, and Maciej Trojnar, 33, of Elmwood Park - all Cubs fans - and the victim, a Sox fan, were talking baseball and drinking alcohol at a child's second birthday party.

The banter eventually became unpleasant, authorities said, and Boguslaw Czapla threw punches at the victim, Robert Steele of Gurnee. After they separated, Assistant McHenry County State's Attorney Ryan Blackney said Monday, Steele attempted to leave the party, but was pushed down by Jaroslaw Czapla.

"He fell to the ground and then felt himself being kicked numerous times," by the Czaplas and Trojnar, Blackney said.

During the assault, Blackney said, Steele suffered an injury to his right eye so severe that doctors could not repair it. He now has a prosthetic eye.

Boguslaw Czapla, who faces charges of aggravated battery and mob action, is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 13 on a pretrial status. Trojnar, charged with mob action and battery, has been a fugitive since the incident.