A press release from McHenry County State’s Attorney:
CHICAGO MAN FOUND GUILTY OF THREATENING TO RAPE AND KILL SEVENTEEN YEAR-OLD WOODSTOCK GIRL
McHenry County State’s Attorney Louis A. Bianchi is pleased to announce that Marcus Sessom was found guilty of the offense of Intimidation by the Honorable Judge Sharon Prather after a two day bench trial.
Sessom, a Chicago man, was accused of threatening to rape and kill a 17 year-old girl with special needs if she did not enter into his car.
Sessom approached the girl as she was walking along St. Johns Road in Woodstock after getting off her school bus.
The girl became frightened and ran away unharmed before alerting authorities.
Though denying the offense, Sessom told the Woodstock Police Officers that he talked to the girl because he was
“driving down the street trying to pick up girls, because that is what he does.”
Intimidation is a Class 3 offense for which the defendant could be sentenced to 2 to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Judge Prather will sentence the defendant on November 9, 2009.
The case was prosecuted for the State by Assistant State’s Attorney Ryan Blackney and David Johnston.