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Morris man guilty of sexual assault, battery

Kenton Pellegrini
Kenton Pellegrini

MORRIS – A Morris man was found guilty Friday of aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery Friday.

Kenton Pellegrini, 43, of Morris was indicted in October 2013 after being arrested by Morris police the previous month following an investigation of a female screaming in the 1200 block of Brendan Drive. The indictment against him alleged Pellegrini committed the offenses against a family member and caused her physical harm.

Judge Robert Marsaglia said Friday neither side in the case was disputing sexual penetration occurred. His decision was based on whether it was forced and whether the victim consented.

He said the issue came down to credibility and that there were contradictions on both sides.

"I believe her. I don't believe him," Marsaglia said as he found Pellegrini guilty on all three charges.

Prosecutors asked the court to revoke Pellegrini's $25,000 bond, stating his job is internationally based and he is a flight risk. Marsaglia said Pellegrini must have the chance to assist his attorney for sentencing, but ordered Pellegrini to relinquish his passport.

"It's an unfortunate event that brings us here," victim Barbara Pellegrini said. She was married to Kenton Pellegrini at the time the incident occurred. "This is something that has caused an immense amount of pain for me, my entire family, as well as his family."

She said she is grateful for the love and compassion the community has shown her.

Kenton Pellegrini directed all questions to attorney Gary Dobbs, who did not immediately return Friday a phone call seeking comment.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. June 24. Kenton Pellegrini faces at least six years in prison for the aggravated criminal sexual assault charge, and will have to register for life as a sex offender, Grundy County State's Attorney Jason Helland said.

He faces four to 15 years on the criminal sexual assault count and three to seven years on the aggravated battery. The charge of aggravated battery is the only charge that is probational.

All sentences will be served concurrently, with 85 percent of the time given served, Helland said.

"Since this incident occurred on Sept. 28, 2013, I have used all available resources, myself and three other assistant state's attorneys," Helland said. "We have worked diligently to bring this to conclusion and look forward to the sentencing hearing date."

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