Appeal from the Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial Circuit, Peoria County, Illinois. Nos. 92 CF 674, 92 CF 648, 92 CF 649, 92 CF 653
Present - Honorable Kent Slater, Presiding Justice, Honorable Tobias Barry, Justice, Honorable Michael P. Mccuskey, Justice
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Mccuskey
Justice McCUSKEY delivered the opinion of the court:
The defendant, David Morris, appeals from the denial of his motion to reconsider his sentences. The sentences were imposed after the defendant pleaded guilty to seven offenses. The sole issue raised on appeal is whether the cause should be remanded for further proceedings regarding the defendant's motion to reconsider his sentences because his trial counsel did not file a certificate as required by Supreme Court Rule 604(d) (Rule 604(d)) (134 Ill. 2d R. 604(d), amended April 1, 1992, effective August 1, 1992). Based upon our supreme court's decision in People v. Janes (1994), 158 Ill. 2d 27, 630 N.E.2d 790, we remand the cause for further post-plea proceedings.
The defendant was charged in three separate cases with the offense of robbery (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1991, ch. 38, par. 18-1(a)) and two armed robbery offenses (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1991, ch. 38, par. 18-2(a)). In another separate case, the defendant was charged with an additional four counts of armed robbery (Ill. Rev. Stat. 1991, ch. 38, par. 18-2(a)). The defendant pleaded guilty to all of the offenses charged. In exchange for his guilty pleas, the State agreed to recommend a maximum sentence of 20 years' imprisonment in the Department of Corrections. The defendant was subsequently sentenced to a term of 7 years' imprisonment for robbery and a term of 10 years' imprisonment for each of the six armed robbery offenses. Two of the 10-year sentences were to be served consecutively.
The defendant filed a timely motion to reconsider the sentences imposed by the trial court. The defendant's trial counsel did not file a certificate with the motion pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 604(d). The trial court denied the motion to reconsider the defendant's sentences, and the defendant filed a timely notice of appeal in each separate case. The four cases have been consolidated on appeal.
The defendant contends that this cause must be remanded to the trial court for further proceedings regarding his motion to reconsider the sentences. The defendant argues that remand is necessary because his trial counsel failed to file a certificate as required by Rule 604(d). The defendant relies upon People v. Reed (1991), 213 Ill. App. 3d 855, 572 N.E.2d 437, and People v. Vickery (1991), 207 Ill. App. 3d 574, 566 N.E.2d 495. The State, relying upon People v. Gilson (1993), 246 Ill. App. 3d 564, 616 N.E.2d 647, contends that the proper remedy is dismissal of the appeal.
In People v. Janes (1994), 158 Ill. 2d 27, 630 N.E.2d 790, our supreme court recently addressed this very issue. The Janes court specifically held that "the remedy for failure to strictly comply with each of the provisions of Rule 604(d) is a remand to the circuit court for the filing of a new motion to withdraw guilty plea or to reconsider sentence and a new hearing on the motion." Janes, 158 Ill. 2d 27, 630 N.E.2d 790.
In light of Janes, we reverse the judgment of the circuit court which denied the defendant's motion to reconsider his sentences. For the reasons indicated above, we remand this cause to the circuit court of Peoria County to allow the defendant to file a new motion to reconsider his sentences in compliance with Rule 604(d) and for a hearing on his motion.
SLATER, P. J., and BARRY, J., concur.