Every person who is charged with a crime has a back story. The details of that story may or may not be helpful in mitigating the possible penalties that could be meted out if a conviction is obtained.
Each case is different and each needs to be assessed on its own merits. But the experience of a skilled attorney should always be sought. That way the person facing criminal charges can be confident that their unique story is most likely to be heard.
It seems possible that such an approach may have been used in the case of a Barrington man.
He was indicted last year on five felony counts of sexual assault and five misdemeanor assault counts in connection with a relationship he had with a 15-year-old teenager during a three month period in 2010.
Last week, the man informed the court that he intends to plead guilty to three of the felony counts and one misdemeanor count. As a result of the agreement he is expected to receive a much lighter sentence than would have been likely if he'd been found guilty of the full array of charges.
The specifics of the relationship between the defendant and the girl aren't made clear in the news report about his case. According to the original indictments, the basis of the charge was that the man had violated state law because of the age difference between them.
Under the terms of the agreement, the man is expected to receive a state prison sentence of between two and seven years. Additional periods of time in either state prison or county jail will be suspended on condition of good behavior for 20 years.
The defendant is currently free on personal bail and is due to enter his plea and be sentenced in late May.
Source: Fosters, "Barrington man to plead guilty to sex assaults," Liz Makhlevskaya, March 27, 2014