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Quincy man convicted of sexual assault sentenced to 30 years

Richard Hood
By THE HERALD-WHIG STAFF
Posted: Sep. 13, 2019 8:30 pm Updated: Sep. 13, 2019 11:10 pm

QUINCY -- A Quincy man who was found guilty in the sexual assault of a woman last year was sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Richard H. Hood, 48, faced between 13 and 30 years in prison at his sentencing hearing Friday in Adams County Circuit Court.

Court records show that Judge Scott Butler sentenced Hood to nine years and eight months for each count of criminal sexual assault, and one year for unlawful restraint.

All sentences run consecutively, with sentencing guidelines requiring Hood to serve 85 percent of each count of criminal sexual assault. He received credit for 525 days already served.

An Adams County jury took 75 minutes on April 9 to find Hood guilty of three counts of criminal sexual assault and one count of unlawful restraint after a two-day trial.

Hood, who represented himself, requested a continuance the day the trial was set to start, which was denied by Butler. Records show that Hood asked to be removed from the courtroom, so the trial took place in his absence.

The charges stem from Jan. 30, 2018, when a woman said Hood sexually assaulted her at his home.

He was indicted on the charges March 26, 2018.

Hood had faced an additional charge of making a terrorist threat, which he reportedly made after a Feb. 20 court hearing, but that charge was dropped Aug. 16.

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