AURORA — A state appeals court has ruled in favor of resentencing an Aurora man who was convicted of stabbing a World War II veteran to death in 2007.
The Beacon-News reports that the Second District Appellate Court of Illinois made the ruling Monday. It involves the case of Hector Mauricio, who was convicted in the death of 83-year-old Roscoe Ebey. The appellate court judges ruled that a Kane County judge placed too much emphasis on the victim's character.
Mauricio was sentenced to 60 years in prison. The court wrote in its opinion that they don't disagree that Ebey was a good man. But they say the trial court implication was improper that "because Ebery was 'very good man,' defendant's crime was more serious than it otherwise would have been."