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People v. Allen

MAY 29, 1974.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,

v.

LEE A. ALLEN, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



APPEAL from the Circuit Court of Kane County; the Hon. JAMES E. BOYLE, Judge, presiding.

MR. JUSTICE RECHENMACHER DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT:

The defendant pleaded guilty to each of three charges of burglary and was sentenced by the Circuit Court of Kane County to a term of not less than 3 nor more than 10 years in the penitentiary on each charge, to be served concurrently.

Defendant's plea for post-conviction relief was denied and he prosecutes this appeal. Frank V. Ariano was appointed defendant's attorney for the purposes of this appeal and the attorney has filed his motion to withdraw as defendant's counsel for the reason that the appeal is without merit. In conformity with Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 18 L.Ed.2d 493, 87 S.Ct. 1396, copies of the attorney's motion to withdraw, together with his brief, were served on the defendant August 21, 1973, and the case was continued to October 2, 1973, for defendant to file additional pleas or objections to the motion of counsel to withdraw. Defendant failed to respond to this notice in any way.

Counsel's brief filed with his motion to withdraw, as required by Anders, sets forth three points which counsel felt could conveivably be argued on appeal, even though he considers them to be without merit, and we will consider these points in the light of the record in this case.

• 1 The brief filed by counsel suggests first that "an argument could conceivably be made" based on the record on appeal, that there was no factual basis for the plea of guilty. From a thorough and careful reading of the record, however, it is apparent that this contention has no factual basis. The record clearly shows that the defendant was found in possession of stolen property within a few hours after the burglaries in question and that defendant admitted the burglaries to the police. There thus was a clear, factual basis for the plea of guilty.

• 2 Secondly, it is suggested by defendant's counsel that it might conceivably be argued that since the defendant admitted being addicted to heroin and to having slight withdrawal symptoms sometime during his period of confinement in the county jail prior to sentencing that possibly the voluntariness of his plea might be in question. But, there is no suggestion in the record that the defendant's will was overborne in any way, as is required to render a plea of guilty involuntary by use of drugs, Reck v. Pate (1961), 367 U.S. 433, 6 L.Ed.2d 948, 81 S.Ct. 1541.

The record here refuted such a suggestion in the following colloquy between the defendant and his accomplice and the court:

"MR. MORELLI [defense counsel]: Your Honor, both men are veterans of the United States Armed Forces. Both served in Viet Nam, and both unfortunately picked up a narcotic habit while in Viet Nam.

THE COURT: Hard narcotics?

MR. MORELLI: Yes.

THE COURT: Heroin?

MR. MORELLI: Yes. However, they have been in the Kane County Jail for about two weeks now and I don't believe they are under the influence of any drugs at this time, is this correct?

MR. OSMAN [another defendant]: ...


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