Monday, December 30, 2013

Kimberly M. Binnion conviction/plea deal over false rape accusation

Counseling requirements were included in the sentence a Mattoon woman received after she admitted making a false claim of being raped in Douglas County in October.

The counseling evaluation was one of the terms of the two-year probation sentence that Kimberly M. Binnion received for pleading guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct.

Binnion, 32, first claimed she was raped by a man after she picked him up while he was hitchhiking in a rural location between Mattoon and Arcola on Oct. 12, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

During the following week, the sheriff’s office announced that investigation didn’t support the her claims and she then admitted that she made the false report. Binnion was then charged with disorderly conduct, a felony offense, for allegedly making the false report of the crime.

With the terms of her probation, Binnion will have to undergo an evaluation to determine if counseling is necessary and follow the evaluation’s recommendation. The sentence also included about two months in jail with day-for-day reductions possible.

Circuit Judge Michael Carroll imposed the sentence based on a plea agreement that State’s Attorney Kevin Nolan and Public Defender James Lee recommended.