A man was found guilty on all charges for a 2017 home invasion in Zion where he stabbed a man 20 times and raped a woman, prosecutors said.
Lake County Circuit Judge Mark Levitt found D’Javon Hudson, 27, of Zion, guilty on Thursday of attempted murder, aggravated criminal sexual assault, home invasion, aggravated battery and violation of an order of protection.
Four of the charges are Class X offenses, which carry a mandatory sentencing range of six to 30 years in prison. Levitt set a sentencing date of August 17.
The Zion Police Department responded just after midnight on September 21, 2017, to an apartment in the 2700 block of Galilee Avenue for a report of a stabbing.
Officers found a Zion man with multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and abdomen.
Prosecutors said Hudson entered through a window of the apartment and attacked the man, who was asleep in bed, with a knife. Officials said he was stabbed more than 20 times.
Hudson then raped a woman who was inside the apartment. The male victim was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.
Hudson was arrested after being found hiding above a closet inside the apartment. The knife used in the attack was recovered at the home.
The male victim survived his injuries and testified at Hudson’s trial on Thursday.
Although he initially was represented by attorneys, Levitt eventually granted Hudson’s repeated requests to defend himself. Hudson chose a bench trial, meaning that a judge, rather than a jury, would decide the case.
Levitt concluded both the evidence in the case and the state’s witnesses proved the charges beyond any reasonable doubt.
“The events of that terrible night in 2017 finally ended in a just verdict today,” Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said.
“I want to commend the bravery of the victims, and the hard work of our team of prosecutors, Jason Humke and Lauren Walker, as well as our Victim Witness Coordinator Kim Clark. We continue to provide support to the survivors in this case, and we will seek a very lengthy prison sentence for the offender,” Rinehart said.