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Gomez sentencing delayed; new attorney appointed in child abuse case

March 27, 2013

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Adolfo Gomez, pictured Feb. 8 in Douglas County District Court, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison.

Adolfo Gomez, pictured Feb. 8 in Douglas County District Court, was sentenced Wednesday to 30 months in prison.

Adolfo and Deborah Gomez, of Northlake, Ill., were arrested June 13, after two of their children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot.

Adolfo and Deborah Gomez, of Northlake, Ill., were arrested June 13, after two of their children were found bound by their hands and feet in a Lawrence Walmart parking lot.

The sentencing of an Illinois man convicted of tying up two of his children in June in the parking lot of a Lawrence Walmart has been postponed for the third time.

Adolfo Gomez, 53, who pleaded no contest to two felony counts of child abuse and three misdemeanor counts of child endangerment, had been scheduled for sentencing last week and this week.

However, the sentencing was delayed after Gomez — who had been represented by Elbridge Griffey — asked Douglas County District Court Judge Paula Martin to appoint a new attorney.

On Wednesday, Martin granted that request and appointed Lawrence attorney Jim Rumsey to defend Gomez.

Following Gomez's December plea, prosecutors and Griffey had recommended a 30-month sentence in the case, though each of the felony counts carries a maximum sentence of 50 months in prison.

Gomez’s wife, Deborah Gomez, 43, pleaded no contest to three counts of child endangerment and was sentenced to probation earlier this year.

The Gomez couple's 5- and 7-year-old children were found bound outside the family’s van, while the three other children were inside the vehicle, unbound. The family was moving from Illinois to Arizona.

Both Deborah and Adolfo have been in custody since their arrests June 13. Douglas County prosecutors said the children have been placed in protective custody.

Adolfo has a new court hearing scheduled April 11.

Comments

juma 2 years ago

I really appreciate reading about a piece of waste using tax money for no reason than to line the pockets of lawyers; this happening while I write very large checks to the IRS. He looks like a duck, walks like a duck, talks like a duck . . . . get on with it.

ebyrdstarr 2 years ago

How is this being done "for no reason than to line the pockets of lawyers?" First of all, it's being done because the Sixth Amendment entitles every defendant, no matter how duck-like in your eyes, to effective assistance of counsel. There are thousands of cases detailing what a trial judge should do when a defendant has appointed counsel and requests a change of counsel. Judge Martin was wisely following the path of "least likely to be overturned on appeal" by granting the request if there was any problem between the guy and his lawyer. The judge was most assuredly not thinking, "Gee, I'll appoint another lawyer now so that guy can earn some taxpayer dollars."

Second of all, appointed counsel in this state make $62 an hour. Sure, that sounds good until you realize that private counsel routinely charge twice that amount. Because when you're paying office rent, an assistant's salary, westlaw fees, attorney license and CLE fees, and all the other overhead that goes into running a law firm, $62 an hour leaves the attorney's take-home pay at not a whole lot. No one gets rich doing appointed cases.

There are sound reasons this was done and not one of them was to line the pockets of lawyers.

oldbaldguy 2 years ago

Skip is a good attorney. It is a sentencing hearing coming up. This guy is a nut. You do not get rich doing appointed defense work. Judge Martin did the right thing to avoid any appeal.

Bike_lover 2 years ago

If they'd set a deal for 30 months when 100 ( max of 50 for 2 felony counts) was a possibility and he thinks he'll get something better with another lawyer I think there is absolutely no doubt he is nuts. He was preparing to murder those children. I'd prefer to see him put away for the maximum in hopes so those poor children will get some time to finish growing up and not be subject to the likes of him again.

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