Appealing a Court Decision on Consecutive Sentences for Sex Crimes
In People v. Haun, 221 Ill. App. 3d 164, 581 N.E.2d 864, 163 Ill. Dec. 710 (1991), the defendant was convicted of two counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
He was sentenced to 10 years on one of the assault counts and 5 years on each of the abuse counts, to run concurrently.
He was also sentenced to 10 years on the second assault count, to run consecutively to the other three sentences. Haun, 221 Ill. App. 3d at 166.
The victim was the defendant's 15-year-old stepgrandaugther and the events occurred from September to November 1985 and again in late 1986. Haun, 221 Ill. App. 3d at 166.
On appeal, the defendant argued that the trial court erred in ordering the one sentence to run consecutively. Although the Haun court noted that consecutive sentences were mandatory under paragraph (a) of the Code, it further concluded that the trial court would not have abused its discretion had sentences been discretionary under paragraph (b), even though the defendant had no prior contacts with the law, had led an "exemplary life," and had military service. Haun, 221 Ill. App. 3d at 176.