If it weren’t for really crappy and life-threatening luck, Devon Butler would have no luck at all.
In April of last year, the Northern Illinois linebacker was injured in a shooting that initially had left him in intensive care and cost him the entire 2011 season. Over the weekend, Butler was a victim yet again of an act of violence.
Very early Sunday morning, the DeKalb Daily Chronicle reports, Butler was involved in a physical altercation with a male at some type of party. While the man left, he subsequently returned and, after re-engaging Butler, stabbed the player in the chest.
Unlike last year, Butler was treated for non-life threatening injuries at a local hospital and released a short time later.
The man was ultimately captured by police and identified as 25-year-old Freddy E. Sparks-Ward, who was arraigned Monday on charges of armed violence, aggravated battery, battery and criminal trespass to real property. If convicted, Sparks-Ward could spend 30 years in jail.
A DeKalb police sergeant told the paper that there is no connection to the shooting Butler was involved in last year.
The shooting last year was described as a drug deal gone bad and Butler merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time. During the aftermath of the shooting, police and prosecutors repeatedly stressed that Butler had nothing to do with the drug deal, and that he just happened to be visiting a man the suspects believed took marijuana without paying for the product.
One of the men connected to Butler’s shooting received a nine-year prison sentence in March, and is expected to testify against the alleged shooter.
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