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Court Upholds Sentence for Failure to Testify

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ELGIN, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appellate court upheld a 10-year contempt of court sentence handed an Elgin man who refused to testify about a 2009 murder after striking a deal with prosecutors.

The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports Raul Perez-Gonzalez was sentenced to 35 years in prison for his role in the death of 22-year-old Paola Rodriguez of Rochelle, who was caught in gang crossfire.

Perez-Gonzalez pleaded guilty in exchange for a 20-year, minimum sentence and agreed to testify against Tony Rosalez, who prosecutors argued pulled the trigger. His sentence would increase to 35 years if he failed to testify.

Judge James Hallock slapped an additional 10 years for contempt to be served after the murder sentence.

Perez-Gonzalez’ attorneys argued the 10-year contempt sentence was excessive and beyond the judge’s discretion.

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