Decision filed 12/28/07. The text of
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APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Fayette County.
v. ) No. 06-CF-108
RODNEY D. TEDRICK, ) Honorable
) Michael D. McHaney,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge, presiding.
JUSTICE DONOVAN delivered the opinion of the court:
Defendant, Rodney D. Tedrick, was convicted, after a bench trial in the circuit court
of Fayette County, of domestic battery under section 12-3.2(a)(1) of the Criminal Code of
1961 (720 ILCS 5/12-3.2(a)(1) (West 2006)), and he was sentenced to five years'
imprisonment. Defendant appeals, arguing he was denied a fair trial because he was
shackled and dressed in an orange jail uniform at the trial. He further contends he is entitled
to additional sentencing credit for time served in custody after his arrest on July 9, 2006.
On July 9, 2006, the 16-year-old victim decided to drive to her grandmother's house.
She encountered Jake and Zach, who were looking for her father, defendant. The victim
drove them to Vandalia Lake, where she believed her father might be, arriving after 12 a.m.
Defendant, who was fishing, was present at the lake site along with Matt, Tracy, another
individual, and a two-year-old girl.
Defendant had been drinking beer and appeared to be intoxicated. At some point,
defendant began pushing the victim around in a playful manner until she told him to stop.
For some unknown reason, defendant then took off his pants and began walking around half