A leading appellate attorney reviews the Illinois Supreme Court opinion handed down Thursday, October 20.
People v. Stewart, 2022 IL 126116
By Kerry J. Bryson, Office of the State Appellate Defender
In 2016, Denzal Stewart was charged with the Class 2 offense of possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Stewart was 20 years old at the time of the offense, and he turned 21 while the charge was pending.
After Stewart was found guilty at a jury trial, the court found he was subject to mandatory Class X sentencing pursuant to 730 ILCS 5/5-4.5-95(b). That statute provides, in part: