June 8, 2007
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County, Illinois.
) No. 01 CR 22689 (03)
GLENN SIMS, ) Honorable
) Lon William Schultz
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE JOSEPH GORDON delivered the opinion of the court:
Following a jury trial in the circuit court of Cook County defendant, Glenn Sims, was
found guilty of first degree murder and armed robbery. Defendant was sentenced to consecutive
terms of 28 years’ and 9 years’ imprisonment, respectively. On appeal, defendant contests the
sufficiency of evidence to sustain his conviction for first degree murder. He specifically
contends that the State failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the stress caused by the
armed robbery was a contributing cause of the victim’s death, which occurred approximately 5½
hours after the robbery. Defendant also contends that the trial court erred in prohibiting the
defense expert witness from referring to a hospital protocol to explain his conclusion that the
victim died from respiratory arrest not related to any stress resulting from the robbery.