June 30, 2008
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from
) the Circuit Court
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) of Cook County.
v. ) No. 04 CR 836
HAROLD JENKINS, ) Honorable
) Lawrence P. Fox,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE THEIS delivered the opinion of the court:
Following a jury trial, defendant Harold Jenkins was convicted of one count of
aggravated possession of stolen firearms (720 ILCS 5/16-16.1 (West 2004)) and two counts of
possession of a stolen firearm (720 ILCS 5/16-16 (West 2004)) and was sentenced to four years’
imprisonment. On appeal, defendant claims that his convictions should be reversed because (1)
the indictment was barred by the statute of limitations; (2) the statutes under which he was
convicted are ex post facto laws because they impermissibly criminalize conduct and increase
penalties for offenses that occurred before their enactment; (3) the trial court erred in excluding
testimony of defense witnesses; and (4) the trial court erred in instructing the jury on the
elements of the offenses. Alternatively, defendant argues that his trial counsel was ineffective for
failing to request the proper jury instructions. For the following reasons, we affirm.