Docket No. 106683.
THE STATE OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, Appellee, v. RALPH
Opinion filed December 17, 2009.
JUSTICE KARMEIER delivered the judgment of the court, with
Chief Justice Fitzgerald and Justices Freeman, Thomas, Kilbride,
and Garman concurred in the judgment and opinion.
Justice Burke took no part in the decision.
After a consolidated jury trial in the circuit court of Cook County,
defendant Ralph Hopkins was convicted of one count of armed
robbery (720 ILCS 5/18–2 (West 2000)) and one count of attempted
armed robbery (720 ILCS 5/8–4, 18–2 (West 2000)), based, in part,
on the inculpatory statements he made to police following his arrest.
The court sentenced defendant to concurrent terms of 12 years’
imprisonment. On direct appeal, the appellate court found, inter alia,
that the police had no probable cause to arrest defendant, vacated his
convictions and sentences and remanded for an attenuation hearing.
People v. Hopkins, 363 Ill. App. 3d 971 (2005) (Hopkins I).