Sentencing for Several Charges Creates Difficulties for Judge

Guilty or not guilty? That is the question put to juries in criminal cases across the country on a daily basis, including in Illinois. The jury must consider the evidence, look at the facts and make a decision about the person on trial. The decision will have far-reaching consequences for the defendant. A person can be acquitted and go back to his or her normal life, or he or she can be found guilty and have to begin to process the consequences.

Consider the case of a young man from another state who was found guilty of aburglary charge, as well as robbery, conspiracy and manslaughter. The convictions resulted from a home invasion and a failed robbery when the man was 18. The man, along with two other people, entered a person’s home, hit him, and then demanded cash and drugs.

The homeowner was armed with a revolver and shot at the intruders. He killed two of them, and the third man escaped alone. He was picked up in an awaiting vehicle, driven by a woman who was also charged with several crimes. The homeowner was found to have acted in self-defense and was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.

The case now turns to the sentencing phase, where the attorneys on both sides of the issue have been making arguments regarding the severity of the sentence. During a recent sentencing hearing, it was noted that the young man completed his GED while in jail and was a good candidate for rehabilitation. He also had no prior record. This information was put forth to push for a lower sentence with the chance of parole.

This should be an interesting case to follow as we wait to see what type of penalties the court will impose on this young man. The judge transferred the case to a panel of three judges to make the ultimate sentencing decision.

This decision can determine how the charges will affect this young man’s future. If you are faced with charges of theft at any level in Illinois, be aware that you must be aggressive in your defense. How you proceed may affect the rest of your life.

Source: Alaska Dispatch, “Judge: Parole questions surround case of Anchorage man convicted of manslaughter, robbery,” Laurel Andrews, Dec. 23, 2013

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