The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge:
Before the Court is petitioner Kenneth E. Everage's petition for a writ of habeas corpus pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 (Doc. 1). Petitioner is a state prisoner currently incarcerated in Western Illinois Correctional Center. Petitioner was convicted on February 25, 1997 in Madison County, Illinois for home invasion. On June 5, 1998, the petitioner was sentenced to 60 years imprisonment.
Petitioner brings this 2254 action to challenge the constitutionality of his 1997 conviction for home invasion. Specifically, the petitioner contends that (1) his sentence violates the Supreme Court's decision in Apprendi v. New Jersey, 530 U.S. 466, 120 S.Ct. 2348, 147 L.Ed.2d 435 (2000) and (2) the statute under which he was sentenced is unconstitutional.
Petitioner indicates that he has exhausted his state court remedies with respect to the claims raised in his federal habeas petition; furthermore, he appears to have filed his petition in a timely manner.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that respondent shall answer the petition or otherwise plead within thirty days of the date this order is entered. This preliminary order to respond does not, of course, preclude the State from making whatever waiver, exhaustion, or timeliness arguments it may wish to present. Service upon the Illinois Attorney General, Criminal Appeals Bureau, 100 West Randolph, 12th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601 shall constitute sufficient service.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that pursuant to Local Rule 72.1(a)(2), this cause is referred to a United States Magistrate Judge for further pre-trial proceedings.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that this entire matter be REFERRED to a United States Magistrate Judge for disposition, as contemplated by Local Rule 72.2(b)(2) and 28 U.S.C. § 636(c), should all the parties consent to such a referral.
Finally, the Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to substitute Tarry Williams as the respondent in this action, and terminate Richard Young.
David R. Herndon Chief Judge United States ...