APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS, FOURTH DISTRICT
531 N.E.2d 1124, 177 Ill. App. 3d 123, 126 Ill. Dec. 497 1988.IL.1816
Appeal from the Circuit Court of Champaign County; the Hon. Harold L. Jensen, Judge, presiding.
JUSTICE SPITZ delivered the opinion of the court. LUND and KNECHT, JJ., concur.
DECISION OF THE COURT DELIVERED BY THE HONORABLE JUDGE SPITZ
Defendant Alfredo Agusto Presida was charged by indictment in the circuit court of Champaign County with the offense of residential burglary (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 38, par. 19-3). Following a jury trial, defendant was convicted of the charged offense and was thereafter sentenced to a term of 10 years' incarceration in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Defendant now appeals from the sentence imposed.
For the reasons stated below, we affirm.
Defendant's sole contention on appeal is that the trial court improperly considered his juvenile record in sentencing. Relying upon our decision in People v. Chumbley (1982), 106 Ill. App. 3d 72, 435 N.E.2d 811, defendant argues that the sentencing court could not consider his juvenile record because he was never adjudicated a delinquent. The record reveals that the defendant, as a juvenile, had been placed on 12 months' supervision, but no finding of delinquency was entered., Defendant's assertion is incorrect. Section 2 -- 9(2) of the Juvenile Court Act (Act), in effect at the time of our decision in Chumbley, provided as follows:
"(2) Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this Section, whenever anyone who has been adjudicated to be a delinquent minor described in Section 2-2 is convicted of a crime in any court, the court in which the conviction has been entered may, in passing upon an application for probation or in determining the sentence to be imposed, examine the records of Disposition or evidence which were made in proceedings under this Act." (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1979, ch. 37, par. 702-9(2).)
Applying section 2 -- 9(2) in Chumbley, we held that juvenile proceedings which do not result in findings of delinquency should not be considered by any court in sentencing hearings arising out of subsequent criminal convictions. (Chumbley, 106 Ill. App. 3d 72, 435 N.E.2d 811.) Accordingly, we concluded that the sentencing court in Chumbley erred in considering the defendant's juvenile record where he had not been adjudicated a delinquent, but had merely been placed on supervision.
Both parties involved in the instant appeal have overlooked the fact that the legislature amended the Act, subsequent to our decision in Chumbley. Pursuant to Public Acts 82 -- 973 and 85 -- 601 (1982 Ill. Laws 2414, 2419-21; 1987 Ill. Laws 2578, 2586), the admissibility of juvenile records, formerly governed by section 2 -- 9, is now controlled by section 1 -- 10(1)(b) of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, which provides in pertinent part:
"(1) Evidence and adjudications in proceedings under this Act shall be admissible:
Recently, the court in People v. Gromm (1987), 164 Ill. App. 3d 236, 517 N.E.2d 721, interpreted this provision in relation to an issue identical to the one before us in the instant appeal. In Gromm, the defendant, as a juvenile, had been placed on supervision for possession of cannabis and had been adjudicated a minor in need of supervision as the result of a battery charge. Citing to Chumbley, the defendant claimed that the sentencing court erred in considering his juvenile record because he was never adjudicated a delinquent. The court rejected this contention for the reasons stated above, and concluded that under the amended provisions of the Act, the sentencing court could properly consider the defendant's juvenile record. In reaching its Conclusion, the Gromm court stated:
"The plain and ordinary meaning of the language of section 2-10(1)(b) [now Ill. Rev. Stat. 1987, ch. 37, par. 801-10(1)(b)] clearly shows the legislature's intent to allow a court sentencing a defendant under the Unified Code of Corrections (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1985, ch. 38, par. 1001-1-1 et seq.), to consider any prior juvenile adjudication, ...