Guilty plea in sex assault could bring decades in prison
URBANA — A Rantoul man who admitted sexually molesting a young girl over a period of years could be jailed for decades.
Miguel Solorzano, 31, whose last known address was in the 1300 block of McCullough Street, pleaded guilty Wednesday before Champaign County Judge Tom Difanis to a single count of predatory criminal sexual assault, admitting to one act of sexual contact in December 2007 with a girl who was under the age of 13.
However, Assistant State's Attorney Troy Lozar said the girl, who is now a teenager, reported being repeatedly molested by Solorzano for about four years. She brought the abuse to her mother's attention last fall and Rantoul police investigated. Lozar said Solorzano admitted to police he had molested the girl.
In return for Solorzano's admission to the single count, Lozar agreed to dismiss other counts and cap his recommendation for Solorzano's sentence at 40 years in prison instead of the 60 that he could receive.
Difanis set sentencing for June 18.
In other recent cases resolved with guilty pleas in Champaign County:
— Phyllis Frazier, 44, whose last known address was in the 500 block of South New Street, Champaign, pleaded guilty to aggravated financial identity theft and agreed to make $55,865 in restitution to the couple from whom she stole.
Difanis will decide the rest of her sentence on July 23.
Frazier pleaded guilty Wednesday to a single count of financial identity theft, admitting that she used her then-85-year-old grandmother's identification in April 2010 to open a credit card account which she used at least six times between April and August 2010.
Assistant State's Attorney Joel Fletcher said Frazier's grandparents are both in a nursing home and she was taking care of their finances because they are unable to. Other family members found out about irregularities in their finances and contacted Champaign police last fall when she refused to answer their questions.
A search of Frazier's home in October turned up the credit card she had obtained by opening an account at Helzberg Diamonds, Fletcher said.
— Jabari Cloyd, 18, whose last known address was in the 1400 block of Summit Ridge Road, Champaign, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for residential burglary. Judge Harry Clem agreed to recommend the teen, who has a prior adjudication for mob action as a juvenile, for boot camp.
A jury convicted Cloyd in March of residential burglary for breaking into a garage in the 1800 block of Joanne Lane in Champaign on Feb. 8.
The resident and her daughter pulled in their driveway and saw Cloyd in their garage when the door opened. He ran but was caught nearby.
— Ashley Grant, 23, who listed an address in the 800 block of East Park Street, Urbana, pleaded guilty to burglary, admitting she went in the Schnucks store on Vine Street in Urbana on several days between Oct. 6 and 27, intending to steal.
Lozar explained that Grant and co-defendant Kenneth Straight, 24, bought money orders then would take pictures of them on Grant's smart phone and transfer the amount electronically to a bank account. Once that transaction was completed, they would return to the store within minutes and ask for their money back. Lozar said Grant was responsible for nine such transactions.
Straight pleaded guilty to burglary two weeks ago and is scheduled to be sentenced by Difanis May 24.
Lozar said the two of them will be expected to make restitution of $3,940.
— John Means, 31, of the 1100 block of East Main Street, Urbana, was sentenced Monday to 30 months of probation and six months in the county jail for driving under the influence of alcohol and leaving the scene of a personal-injury accident.
Means pleaded guilty in March in connection with a June 26 accident in which he hit a woman as he turned from Washington Street on to Cottage Grove in Urbana. She sustained minor injuries. He was arrested about 12 hours later.
Means was also fined $1,500 and ordered to pay court costs. Judge John Kennedy said that Means could be put on electronic home detention after May 23. He was also ordered to perform 150 hours of public service.
— Jordan Bennett, 18, who listed an address in the 500 block of North Penfield, Rantoul, was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to burglary in two separate cases.
He admitted he cut a screen to get in a home in the 600 block of Glenwood Drive on Aug. 30. He was interrupted by the resident before he could get anything. He also admitted that on Oct. 13 he went in the County Market on East Grove Street in Rantoul and shoplifted a bottle of alcohol.
Bennett was also ordered to get substance abuse and mental health evaluations.