filed December 7, 2007.
APPELLATE COURT OF ILLINOIS
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE ) Appeal from the Circuit Court
OF ILLINOIS, ) of the 10th Judicial Circuit,
) Peoria County, Illinois,
v. ) No. 04--CF--1020
AARON S. HOLLEY, ) Honorable
) James E. Shadid,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge, Presiding.
PRESIDING JUSTICE LYTTON delivered the Opinion of the court:
A jury found the defendant, Aaron S. Holley, guilty of
aggravated criminal sexual assault (720 ILCS 5/12--14(a)(1) (West
2004)). The trial court denied the defendant's pro se motion for
a new trial in which he alleged, among other things, ineffective
assistance of counsel. The court sentenced the defendant to 24
years of imprisonment.
On appeal, the defendant argues that (1) the matter should be
remanded for the trial court to determine whether a new attorney
should be appointed to argue his ineffective assistance claim; (2)
his sentence was void because it was not authorized by statute; (3)