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06/17/88 the People of the State of v. Eric Rayfield

June 17, 1988

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE

v.

ERIC RAYFIELD, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT



Before directing our attention to the issues raised in this appeal, it should be noted that the factual situation set forth by this court is based on the testimony of the victim, Jerri Munks. The testimony of the defendant contained categorical denials that he struck, threatened or lifted Munks.

APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, THIRD DISTRICT

525 N.E.2d 253, 171 Ill. App. 3d 297, 121 Ill. Dec. 447 1988.IL.951

Appeal from the Circuit Court of La Salle County; the Hon. Fred P. Wagner, Judge, presiding.

APPELLATE Judges:

JUSTICE SCOTT delivered the opinion of the court. HEIPLE and BARRY, JJ., concur.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE SCOTT

Eric Rayfield, a 15-year-old minor, was tried as an adult and found guilty after trial by jury of the offenses of attempted criminal sexual assault and unlawful restraint. The circuit court of La Salle County sentenced the defendant to concurrent terms of imprisonment of three years for the attempted criminal sexual assault conviction and one year for the unlawful restraint conviction.

The trial of this case established that on May 10, 1987, between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., the defendant went to the second-floor apartment of 20-year-old Jerri Munks, who worked as a waitress in a restaurant. The defendant knocked on the apartment door three or four times and when no one answered he entered the apartment.

Upon entering the apartment the defendant encountered its occupant, Jerri Munks, who was up and about but clad in a see-through nightgown. The victim Munks testified that defendant asked her if she had any jobs for him. After replying in the negative the victim and the defendant continued to converse. The defendant asked if he could use the bathroom. While he was in the bathroom, the victim put jeans on over her nightgown. After defendant returned from the bathroom, conversation was resumed and the victim learned that the defendant attended the Circuit Breaker School in Seneca, which was a school for slow learners. The victim testified that she was scared because the defendant was a very big black male and she had not previously been around black people.

The defendant and the victim walked out to the porch of the apartment and again there was conversation about the defendant's inability to find a job. The defendant then asked or told the victim that he wanted to hold her. It was the testimony of the victim that she permitted such "holding" because she was frightened and also sorry for the defendant because he was unemployed, poor and attended the school for slow learners.

The defendant held the victim for a short period of time, and when she asked him to let her go, he refused to do so. The victim began to struggle and scream for help. The defendant covered her mouth and threatened to kill her if she continued to scream. The defendant lifted the victim off the floor and carried her toward the bedroom. The victim protested that she did not want to do anything and the defendant lowered her to the floor. Both parties then sat on a couch and again conversed. The defendant testified that they looked at a photograph album; the victim denied that they looked at any album.

The victim testified that the defendant got up to leave but before he left the apartment he asked her if he could see her vagina. This request the victim refused and she advised the defendant, as she had done several times before, that he should leave since her boyfriend was expected. The defendant then followed the victim out of the door and down the stairway and left the premises.

Mary Comer, age 13, lived in an apartment below that of the victim. Comer testified that on the previous day (May 9, 1987) she had a conversation with the defendant in which he asked where the victim lived and if the man he had seen with her was a boyfriend.

While it is not specifically set forth in the record, the entire time span of the contact of the defendant with the victim was approximately 30 minutes. Approximately 2 1/2 hours after the ...


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