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Man charged with attempted murder

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

An Effingham man has been charged with attempted murder – and other felony charges – for allegedly cutting a Shobonier man at a local bar on Friday.

Michael R. Solan, 34, has been charged by Fayette County State's Attorney Stephen Friedel with using a razor blade to cut the neck of Nathan Willis at Cages.

According to Vandalia Police reports, police were called to the bar on South Third Street at 8 p.m. on Friday for a report of a fight. Upon their arrival, police found that Willis had been cut.

Information filed by Friedel in the office of Fayette County Circuit Clerk Marsha Wodtka states that a tape from a video surveillance camera shows an altercation in the bar. Solan allegedly threw a punch at Willis with a box cutter in his hand.

Willis reportedly sustained a laceration running from his left cheek bone to the center of his throat.

In addition to attempted murder, Solan has been charged with two counts of armed violence and two counts of aggravated battery.

Armed violence and attempted murder are Class X felonies punishable by at least 10 years in prison. Aggravated battery is a Class 3 felony ordinarily punishable by up to five years in prison; however, the maximum extended term penalty is 10 years.

Solan would be eligible for an extended term because of a criminal history.

He was initially taken to Fayette County Jail, and his bond was set at $500,000 in Fayette County Circuit Court on Monday.

Solan was scheduled to be turned over to the Illinois Department of Corrections sometime this week, because his arrest was deemed to be a violation of his parole. Jail Administrator J.D. Vieregge said Tuesday that Salon has been convicted of retail theft and aggravated battery of a peace officer in Cook County.