March 28, 2008
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County.
v. ) No. 00 CR 20224
MIGUEL FIGUEROA, ) The Honorable
) Fred G. Suria,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE FITZGERALD SMITH delivered the opinion of the court:
Following a jury trial, defendant Miguel Figueroa was convicted of two counts of first
degree murder (felony murder and knowing and intentional murder) and sentenced to 45 years in
prison. He appeals, contending that: (1) his conviction for felony murder and his conviction for
knowing and intentional murder were both erroneous; (2) the trial court erred in barring evidence
of the character of two people in support of his claim of self-defense; and (3) the State's rebuttal
closing argument was improper in several aspects, causing him substantial prejudice. Defendant
asks that we vacate and/or reverse his convictions and remand for a new trial. For the following
reasons, we affirm.
The following evidence was established during trial.
At approximately 6 p.m. on July 19, 2000, shortly after playing baseball with his younger
brother, 12-year-old Miguel De La Rosa was shot in the chest by a stray bullet from a .380