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Battery charges against former Freeburg teacher are dropped

Battery charges against former Freeburg teacher are dropped

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BELLEVILLE – Sam Shelton's court battles have come to an end.

Prosecutors today dismissed the remaining aggravated battery charges against Shelton, the former Freeburg High teacher accused of attacking emergency response officials during a suicide attempt.

Shelton, 29, was acquitted of some of the charges in December, where prosecutors unsuccessfully argued that he hit a nurse and spat on a police officer. The remaining charges were dismissed today, according to court records.

Shelton will still be in prison for years to come. In 2007, he pleaded guilty of the attempted murder of Ashley Reeves, then 17, of Millstadt, whose neck he tried to snap during a fight in 2006 before he left her for dead near Belleville.

He is housed at the Hill Correctional Center in Galesburg. He is eligible for parole in 2024.

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