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Doctors testify in Pellegrini case

Morris man seeking post-conviction relief

Kent Pellegrini
Kent Pellegrini

MORRIS – Prosecutors and attorneys for a man convicted of raping his then-wife were back in Grundy County Court Tuesday.

Kent Pellegrini, 47, of Morris, was indicted in October 2013 after being arrested by Morris police the previous month following an investigation of a female screaming in the 1200 block of Brendan Drive.

The indictment against Pellegrini alleged he committed the offenses against his then wife and caused her physical harm. In 2016, he was found guilty of sexual assault and battery.

In November 2015, he was sentenced to eight years in prison. An earlier appeal was denied and his lawyers filed the post-conviction petition.

But Pellegrini obtained the services of lawyer Kathleen Zellner’s firm, known as one of the top firms in the country at righting wrongful convictions.

Pellegrini’s team has been seeking post-conviction relief through a post-conviction petition, which is used to challenge a conviction or sentence based on federal or state constitutional rights that were not and could not have been raised on direct appeal of the conviction or sentence.

According to Grundy County Court records, a doctor was called to the stand Tuesday for direct examination regarding “blackout probability.”

The main issue argued in court in January was the blood alcohol content of the victim and whether or not she blacked out during the event.

On June 28, two other doctors were called by Pellegrini’s lawyers to testify.

According to the records, oral closing arguments are scheduled for Oct. 10. The defendant’s team has 30 days to write a written closing argument before the state is granted 15 days to respond.

Calls to Grundy County Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Quinlan and Pellegrini’s attorney Doug Johnson were not returned Tuesday.

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