A Pana man will spend the next 22 years in prison after being convicted of heinous battery on July 7, 2006.

Judge Ron Spears sentenced Joshua R. Clark, 21, of Pana after Clark entered a negotiated guilty plea. Clark was indicted by the Christian County Grand Jury on September 5, 2005, for throwing "Liquid Fire" drain cleaner on Jason Clements of Pana. The substance caused extreme and permanent disfigurement and scarring to Clements.

According to the Indictment and information obtained from Brad Paisley, Christian County State's Attorney, Clark and Clements had a long standing dispute over a woman that lead to the altercation in Pana on August 26, 2005. Clements approached Clark in the downtown Pana area and Clark doused Clements with "Liquid Fire," an extremely dangerous and caustic substance when it comes into contact with the human body.

Clements suffered severe chemical burns to his face, head, arms and chest area. According to Paisley, Clements continues to suffer from the effects of the incident. "Mr. Clements has horrible disfigurement and scarring that is permanent. This was one of the most awful cases I have ever dealt with in terms of injury to a victim. Such brutality must be met with swift and certain justice. 22 years is a long time in prison, and Clark will have to serve 85% of his sentence. This sentence cannot undo what Clark did to Mr. Clements; but it does provide him with justice."

Clark was also ordered to pay court costs and $4,606.37 in restitution to the victim.

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