NO. 4-06-0808 Filed 11/6/07
IN THE APPELLATE COURT
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Circuit Court of
v. ) Champaign County
JERRI M. KENTON, ) No. 04CF2083
) Thomas J. Difanis,
) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE COOK delivered the opinion of the court:
Jerri M. Kenton, age 35, pleaded guilty to unlawful
restraint (720 ILCS 5/10-3 (West 2006)), a Class 4 felony. The
trial court sentenced Kenton to 30 months' probation. The trial
court subsequently granted the State's motion to revoke probation
and resentenced Kenton to 22 months' imprisonment. Kenton
appeals, arguing that the trial court abused its discretion in
sentencing her to prison rather than ordering mental-health
treatment. We affirm.
A. Underlying Offense
On November 11, 2004, Kenton, who has been suffering
from mental illness for over 20 years, asked her mother, Barbara
Tomscha, for a blank check. Kenton claimed she wanted the check
to buy cigarettes at the convenience store. Tomscha declined.
Kenton refused to take no for an answer and blocked the doorway.