Docket No. 109581.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellant, v. RICKY
Opinion filed January 21, 2011.
JUSTICE KARMEIER delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Kilbride and Justices Freeman, Thomas, Garman,
Burke, and Theis concurred in the judgment and opinion.
In 2002, defendant, Ricky King, was charged with five counts of
first degree murder (720 ILCS 5/9–1(a)(1), (a)(2) (West 2000)), in
connection with the August 8, 2002, beating death of Robert Nash.
Defendant was 15 years of age at the time of the incident. On June 19,
2003, the State filed an additional count of attempted first degree
murder (720 ILCS 5/8–4(a), 9–1(a) (West 2000)) arising out of the
same incident. That same day, defendant entered a negotiated plea to
the attempted murder charge in exchange for dismissal of the murder
charges and a 15-year sentence in the Department of Corrections. The
circuit court of Champaign County immediately entered judgment