A 19-year-old Pekin man has pleaded guilty to the brutal beating of a World War II veteran. Charles Cheney will be sentenced March 22. He faces between four and 35 years in prison as part of a partial plea bargain. Cheney has admitted the February 2012 beating of 86-year-old Ben Piercy. Authorities say Cheney and another man stole jewelry and military medals from Piercy's home. U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock's office had the medals replaced. Cheney pleaded guilty to counts of aggravated battery and residential burglary. Piercy's daughter found him sitting in a living room the morning after the beating. He had suffered a broken nose and bloodied face.
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