Nos. 4-90-0496 through 4-90-0498.

569 N.E.2d 233 (1991)

210 Ill. App.3d 733

155 Ill.Dec. 233

The PEOPLE of the State of Illinois, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Marlina CANAL, a/k/a Marlena Lundgren, a/k/a Marlena Heggy, Defendant-Appellant. (Two Cases) The PEOPLE of the State of Illinois, Plaintiff-Appellee, v. Marlina F. CANAL, a/k/a Marlena F. Lundgren, a/k/a Marlena F. Heggy, Defendant-Appellant.

Appellate Court of Illinois, Fourth District.

March 14, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Daniel D. Yuhas, Deputy Defender, Office of State Appellate Defender, John Anthony Palombi, Asst. Defender, Springfield, for defendant-appellant.

Lawrence R. Fichter, State's Atty., Decatur, Kenneth R. Boyle, Director, State's Attys. Appellate Prosecutor, Robert J. Biderman, Deputy Director, Donna Dagnall, Staff Atty., Springfield, for plaintiff-appellee.

Presiding Justice LUND delivered the opinion of the court:

On May 21, 1990, defendant Marlina Canal, following a trial in absentia, was found guilty by a jury sitting in the circuit court of Macon County of committing three counts of forgery. (Ill.Rev.Stat.1989, ch. 38, par. 17-3(a).) She was subsequently sentenced to three years' imprisonment. Defendant now appeals.

The record reveals that on March 8, 1990, defendant appeared in court and pleaded not...

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