No. 2--04--0870 filed:
APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS
In re COMMITMENT of JACOB SANDRY ) Appeal from the Circuit Court
) of Jo Daviess County.
) No. 96--JD--16
(The People of the State of Illinois, ) Honorable
Respondent-Appellee v. Jacob Sandry, ) Victor V. Sprengelmeyer,
Petitioner-Appellant). ) Judge, Presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE GROMETER delivered the opinion of the court:
Jacob Sandry (petitioner) filed a petition in the circuit court of Jo Daviess County
seeking conditional release pursuant to section 60 of the Sexually Violent Persons
Commitment Act (Act) (725 ILCS 207/60 (West 2002)). The trial court found that the State
had carried its burden of demonstrating that petitioner had not made progress sufficient
to warrant relief. Petitioner now appeals, arguing that the trial court erred in accepting the
testimony of a psychologist presented by the State and that the trial court's decision is
contrary to the manifest weight of the evidence. For the reasons that follow, we affirm.
Before proceeding further, we must address one preliminary issue. This cause
comes to us consolidated with another case, In re Detention of Elvis Reed, No. 2--04--
0907, which we resolve today in a written order pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 23 (166
Ill. 2d R. 23). Though they share a common issue--whether penile plethysmography