NEW CASE FILED FOR MAN WHOSE PREVIOUS CASE WAS REMANDED FOR RESENTENCING

A 29-YEAR-OLD MISSOURI MAN WAS CHARGED MONDAY IN CLINTON COUNTY COURT WITH AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING IN CONNECTION WITH A 2009 INCIDENT FOR WHICH HE HAD ALREADY BEEN IMPRISONED BUT WAS FREE PENDING RESENTENCING. JAMIL JABER IS FREE ON $25,000 CASH BOND IN THE 2009 CASE THAT WAS REMANDED BACK TO CLINTON COUNTY COURT AFTER HIS GUILTY PLEA IN A SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE WAS WITHDRAWN. THE NEW CHARGE IS A CLASS X FELONY. JABER WAS CHARGED IN FEBRUARY 2009, WITH CLASS 1 FELONY CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CLASS X FELONY AGGRAVATED CRIMINAL SEXUAL ASSAULT RESULTING IN BODILY HARM. HE PLEADED GUILTY IN DECEMBER 2009 TO THE CLASS X CHARGE IN EXCHANGE FOR THE CLASS 1 CHARGE BEING DISMISSED AND WAS SUBSEQUENTLY SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS IN THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS. IN AUGUST 2012, JABER UNSUCCESSFULLY ATTEMPTED TO WITHDRAW HIS GUILTY PLEA, AND THEN FILED A MOTION FOR A REDUCTION IN SENTENCE. THE DEFENSE CLAIMED THE COURT SHOULD NOT HAVE CONSIDERED HEARSAY EVIDENCE IN DECIDING THE 15-YEAR PRISON SENTENCE, CALLING IT EXCESSIVE. THE COURTS ACKNOWLEDGED THAT IF IT WAS NOT SUPPOSED TO CONSIDER PRIOR SIMILAR ACTS AT THE SENTENCING, JABER WOULD HAVE RECEIVED A LIGHTER SENTENCE. THE DEFENSE THEN FILED A NOTICE OF APPEAL. JABER WAS RETURNED TO THE CLINTON COUNTY JAIL FROM IDOC AND HIS ORIGINAL $250,000 BAIL WAS REINSTATED. HE POSTED THE REQUIRED 10-PERCENT CASH BOND IN SEPTEMBER AND WAS RELEASED. HE IS NEXT SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN COURT JANUARY 3 FOR A PRELIMINARY HEARING IN THE NEW CASE AND STATUS HEARING ON THE ORIGINAL CASE.

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