People v. Stuckey

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2011 IL App (1st) 092535 SECOND DIVISION September 30, 2011 No. 1-09-2535 THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) ) Plaintiff-Appellee, ) ) v. ) ) LASHON STUCKEY, ) ) Defendant-Appellant. ) Appeal from the Circuit Court of Cook County No. 06 CR 11987 Honorable Matthew E. Coghlan, Judge Presiding. JUSTICE CONNORS delivered the judgment of the court, with opinion. Justices Cunningham and Harris concurred in the judgment and opinion. OPINION ¶1 Defendant Lashon Stuckey appeals from his conviction by a jury for communication with a witness in violation of section 32-4(b) of the Criminal Code of 1961 (720 ILCS 5/32-4(b) (West 2006)). Defendant argues that (1) the State's evidence was insufficient to prove him guilty of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt, (2) the trial court failed to properly admonish potential jurors pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 431(b) (eff. May 1, 2007), and (3) the trial court improperly imposed certain fines and fees during sentencing. We affirm defendant's conviction and sentence, but we vacate in part the fines and remand for correction of the fines and fees order. ¶2 ¶3 I. BACKGROUND In 2002, Latonia Jones witnessed a murder and identified Derrick Rogers as the killer. Defendant was an acquaintance of Rogers, and in April 2006, defendant approached Jones' mother Della Thomas about Jones' upcoming appearance as a witness in Rogers' murder trial. As Della later testified, defendant told Della that Rogers planned to give Jones $1,000 if she