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6-year sentence for attack that left firefighter critical

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SKOKIE, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A 25-year-old man convicted of attempted murder for the beating of an off-duty firefighter in 2009 has been sentenced to six years in prison.

Brian Ruiz, of the 2100 block of North Sheffield, was convicted of attempted murder and aggravated battery for the attack on firefighter Matt Jones outside a Lincoln Park bar.

On Friday at the Skokie courthouse, Judge Sharon Sullivan sentenced Ruiz, who was 20 at the time of the attack, to 6 years in prison. The judge also set a hearing for Wednesday to hear a motion to reconsider the sentence, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

About 4 a.m. on Aug. 19, 2009, Ruiz had been drinking illegally at a Lincoln Park bar when he got into an altercation outside the Beaumont Bar & Grill in the 2000 block of North Halsted Street, according to police and prosecutors.

Police officers passing by saw a man “aggressively stomping with his right foot on the head of the victim” while another suspect watched, police said at the time. Officers said the suspect walked away from the victim, then turned back to kick him in the head.

Jones, a 24-year-old rookie firefighter, was originally listed in critical condition after suffering a crushed trachea, broken nose, internal bleeding and a damaged lung in the attack at Halsted and Dickens near Oz Park.

The second man was charged with misdemeanor underage drinking but was not charged in the attack, police said. He told police he’d had too much to drink and was unable to stop the attack, according to a police report. He told the other man, “Let’s go,” as officers pulled up, police said.

A fake Michigan driver’s license was found on Ruiz, who admitted using it to get into the bar, police said.

By law, Ruiz must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence before being eligible for parole.

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