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09/30/88 the People of the State of v. John Joseph Villanueva

September 30, 1988

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE

v.

JOHN JOSEPH VILLANUEVA, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT

DEFENDANT APPEALS FROM THE JUDGMENT OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY DISMISSING HIS PETITION UNDER THE POST-CONVICTION HEARING ACT (ILL. RE

v.

STAT. 1987, CH. 38, PAR. 122-1 ET SEQ.).



APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, FOURTH DISTRICT

529 N.E.2d 87, 174 Ill. App. 3d 791, 124 Ill. Dec. 370 1988.IL.1500

Appeal from the Circuit Court of Champaign County; the Hon. Harold L. Jensen, Judge, presiding.

APPELLATE Judges:

JUSTICE KNECHT delivered the opinion of the court. GREEN, P.J., and SPITZ, J., concur.

DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE KNECHT

On October 6, 1972, defendant entered a plea of guilty on a burglary charge. On October 25, 1972, defendant was sentenced to a term of three years' probation. At that time, the post-conviction statute in effect included a 20-year limitation period. Ill. Rev. Stat. 1971, ch. 38, par. 122-1.

On January 1, 1984, an amendment to the Post-Conviction Hearing Act took effect, which shortened the limitation period to 10 years. (Ill. Rev. Stat., 1984 Supp., ch. 38, par. 122-1; 1983 Ill. Laws 4404, 4405.) On January 13, 1987, the defendant filed a pro se petition for post-conviction relief. This filing took place over 14 years after the entry of judgment on defendant's guilty plea and over 3 years after the new 10-year limitation period became effective. The circuit court applied the new limitation period and, accordingly, dismissed the petition as untimely. Defendant filed a motion for reconsideration, which the court denied, and this appeal followed.

This court in People v. Robinson (1986), 140 Ill. App. 3d 29, 487 N.E.2d 1264, held the shortened 10-year limitation period may be applied retroactively to convictions which occurred prior to its enactment. The supreme court largely adopted the Robinson approach to this issue in People v. Bates (1988), 124 Ill. 2d 81, distinguishing the limitation provision in the post-conviction statute from those in statutes interpreted in civil cases, stating as follows:

"The limitation provision in the Post-Conviction Hearing Act provides that no action may be brought more than 10 years after rendition of final judgment, 'unless the petitioner alleges facts showing that the delay was not due to his culpable negligence.' (Ill. Rev. Stat., 1984 Supp., ch. 38, par. 122-1.) The limitations statutes involved in the other cases discussed do not contain such a qualification. In our judgment, this language creates a special 'safety valve,' unique to the Post-Conviction Hearing Act, which acts as a substitute for the judicially imposed 'reasonable time' rule.

Under this view, the defendant's cause of action was not instantaneously barred by the enactment of the shortened limitation period. To avoid its effect, he need only have alleged facts justifying the delay in filing. . . .

We note that this interpretation, while admittedly not benefitting this defendant, could conceivably provide a more expansive right to post-conviction relief than a 'reasonable time' rule might. Under this rule, lengthy delays which would likely be rejected as unreasonable, may be excusable if supported by adequate factual allegations." (Bates, 124 Ill. 2d at 87-88.)

Here, defendant purports to have alleged such facts justifying the delay in filing, i.e., this conviction is now being used to enhance a sentence imposed in Tennessee.

Defendant's pro se post-conviction petition alleged that in accepting his plea of guilty to the charge of burglary, the trial court failed to admonish him of his privilege against self-incrimination as enumerated in Boykin v. Alabama (1969), 395 U.S. 238, 23 L. Ed. 2d 274, 89 S. Ct. 1709. Supreme Court Rule 402 (see 107 Ill. 2d R. 402), dealing exclusively with pleas of guilty, was added to the rules in 1970, replacing former Rule 401 which, prior to 1970, addressed the procedure on pleas of guilty. (See Ill. Ann. Stat., ch. 110A, par. 402, Historical and Practice Notes, at 396 (Smith-Hurd 1985).) Paragraph (a) of Rule 402 sets forth the admonitions which must be given to the defendant to ensure that his guilty plea is intelligently and understandingly made, as required in Boykin. "Subparagraphs (3) and (4) cover the requirements enumerated in Boykin, namely, that the record on a guilty plea affirmatively show a waiver of 'three important federal rights': the privilege against self-incrimination; the right to trial by jury; and the right to confront one's accusers." (107 Ill. 2d R. 402, Committee Comments, at 487; Ill. Ann. Stat, ch. 110A, par. 402, Committee Comments, at 394-95 (Smith-Hurd 1985).) Subparagraphs (3) and (4) provide:

"(3) that the defendant has the right to plead not guilty, or to persist in that plea if it has already been ...


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