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Pellegrini files notice of appeal after sentencing

Morris man gets eight-year sentence for sexual assault

Kenton Pellegrini
Kenton Pellegrini

MORRIS – A Morris man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony, along with criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery.

Friday’s sentencing came after Kenton Pellegrini, 45, was found guilty in April of the charges by Judge Robert Marsaglia following a bench trial. A Class X felony is punishable by six to 30 years in prison.

On Monday, a notice of appeal was filed according to records on judici.com. Since May, Pellegrini has been represented in court by a different law firm than the one he used when he was found guilty. The original sentencing date was June 24.

Pellegrini 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.

Marsaglia said in April 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.

A call Monday afternoon to Grundy County State’s Attorney Jason Helland for comment was not immediately returned. A call late Monday afternoon to the Law Offices of Kathleen T. Zellner & Associates, the firm representing Pellegrini, also was not immediately returned.

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