3rd Offender Pleads Guilty in 2016 Elgin Kidnapping Case
Three people now are convicted in a 2016 kidnapping scheme in Elgin as two more offenders this week pleaded guilty to their roles.
Ruby M. Gomez, 22, on March 1, 2018, agreed to a sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections in exchange for a guilty plea to home invasion, Class X felony. Circuit Judge James C. Hallock accepted the plea.
On March 1, 2018, Gino A. Moraca, 26, agreed to a sentence of two years’ imprisonment in IDOC in exchange for a guilty plea to unlawful restraint, Class 4 felony. That sentence is consecutive to a two-year sentence for criminal trespass to residence, Class 4 felony, in an unrelated case. Circuit Judge Donald M. Tegeler, Jr., accepted the plea.
On Feb. 23, 2018, 22-year-old Kassandra Delgado agreed to a sentence of nine years’ imprisonment in IDOC in exchange for a guilty plea to home invasion, Class X felony. Judge Hallock accepted the plea.
In addition, a fourth offender previously pleaded guilty in the case in juvenile court. Illinois law prohibits authorities from disclosing more specific information about juvenile offenders and their cases.
On Feb. 26, 2016, the Delgado, Gomez, and the juvenile, along with two others whose cases are pending, kidnapped the victim from an Elgin residence, beat her, brought her to Moraca’s Elgin apartment, and continued to beat her, burn her with lit cigarettes and hold her against her will.
According to Illinois law, Gomez, Moraca and Delgado each are eligible for day-for-day sentencing. Gomez received credit for 727 days served in the Kane County jail, Moraca 325 days and Delgado 724 days.
The case was prosecuted by Kane County Assistant State’s Attorney Kelly M. Orland and Daniel Weiler.
The charges against the remaining defendants are not proof of guilt. The defendants is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.