A Joliet man facing up to 15 years in prison for beating his young stepdaughter got almost the maximum, with the judge giving him 14 years behind bars.
Richard Harris, 35, had pleaded guilty last week to a charge of aggravated battery to a child. He also told Judge Sarah Jones he was "sorry."
Harris was arrested in February 2011. He allegedly beat his 2-year-old stepdaughter.
Harris will have to serve at least 85 percent of the 14 years.
Judge Jones will entertain a motion to reconsider her sentence on Feb. 26.