Former Sycamore Man Convicted Of 2001 NIU Student Rape Seeks A Lighter Sentence

Sep 12, 2016

A former Sycamore resident who abducted and raped an NIU student in 2001 at gunpoint is asking a judge to reconsider a decision that changed his jail sentence.

Todd S. Allgood, 48, forced the student to drive to his Sycamore trailer, where the attack took place.  

The original jury trial resulted in a 55-year prison sentence, but the Illinois Second District Appellate Court ruled last year that part of that sentence  violated state law.  Allgood's prison term was reduced to 31 years earlier this month.  

The Daily Chronicle reports that Allgood's attorney recently filed a motion asking for that sentence to be reduced even further.  Public Defender Charles Criswell Jr. argues the sentence is excessive in light of Allgood's military service, lack of criminal history, and "likelihood of successful rehabilitation."  

At the time of his arrest, police linked Allgood to two rapes in the Mundelein area in 1989 and 1990.  The Illinois State Crime lab confirmed this link from DNA evidence, but the statute of limitations meant Allgood couldn't be charged for either crime.  

Allgood's next trial date is Sept. 26.