OPINION FILED NOVEMBER 23, 1955
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, DEFENDANT IN ERROR,
WILLARD RAINEY, PLAINTIFF IN ERROR.
WRIT OF ERROR to the Criminal Court of Cook County; the Hon.
HAROLD G. WARD, Judge, presiding.
MR. CHIEF JUSTICE HERSHEY DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:
Rehearing denied January 16, 1956.
The plaintiff in error, Willard Rainey, herein called defendant, seeks the reversal of a judgment of the criminal court of Cook County, which upon his plea of guilty found him guilty of murder and sentenced him to 45 years in the penitentiary, said sentence to run consecutively to a sentence of seven years previously imposed on the defendant for the crime of rape.
Appearing pro se, the defendant relies solely upon the common-law record, having filed no bill of exceptions. He asserts that the imposition of cumulative sentences was unauthorized by law and deprived him of rights guaranteed by the Illinois and Federal constitutions. However, it has long been the rule in this State that a court may, in its discretion, impose consecutive sentences where the accused has committed separate and distinct offenses. See, for example, People v. Vraniak, 5 Ill.2d 384, and People v. Carroll, 1 Ill.2d 359. Thus, the imposition of sentence upon defendant's plea of guilty to the crime of murder, whereby such sentence was made consecutive to that imposed upon his rape conviction, did not constitute error.
The judgment of the criminal court of Cook County is affirmed.
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