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People v. English

 Volume/Number:  2013 April 18 
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 Description:  A three-year-old girl died in Kewanee in 1995. She was the daughter of this defendants live-in girlfriend. Autopsy results showed massive head injuries and evidence of suffocation. The defendants pretrial statements initially indicated that he came into the childs bedroom and found her lifeless, but he also later admitted hitting her. He did not testify at his 1996 Henry County jury trial, at which a knowing murder charge was dismissed by the State. This left only the charges of aggravated battery of a child and felony murder. The defendant objected that proceeding in this manner removed the possibility of an involuntary manslaughter instruction, but he was overruled. The jury found guilt of felony murder and aggravated battery of a child. Mandatory natural-life imprisonment was the sentence. 
 Date Created:  01-25-2013 
 Agency ID:  112890 
 ISL ID:  000000063736   Original UID: 182085 FIRST WORD: People