Rockford Scanner®: 2 Guilty Verdicts in 2 Separate Local Murder Trials






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MURDER CONVICTIONS: Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced two guilty verdicts in two separate murder trials.

A jury found 23-year-old Deon Hart guilty of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm following the deadly shooting of Lester Sanders in the 3300 block of Sablewood Drive in May of 2017.

Detectives from the Rockford Police Department Violent Crimes Unit conducted a follow-up investigation that resulted in the arrest of Deon Hart and Van Richardson. Richardson was convicted of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm after a jury trial in October.

A judge convicted 23-year-old Deontay Gunnell during a bench trial for the December 2015 death of Racheal Garrett. Garrett was shot and killed in an apartment on Tanner Court. Detectives from the Rockford Police Department Violent Crimes Unit conducted a follow-up investigation that led to charges against Gunnell and two other men. Gunnell was found guilty of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Mob Action.

 

 

 







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