Rockford Scanner™: Grand Jury Returns An Indictment Against A Man For A Rockford Shooting




 
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Grand Jury has returned an indictment against a man for his role in a shooting that happened late last month in Rockford.
On September 26th, 2019, at approximately 1:45am, Rockford Patrol Officers heard multiple gunshots coming from the area of Rockton Avenue and Whitman Street. Upon arrival, Officers located a suburban, traveling on Whitman that was registered to the defendant, Samuel L. Skinner (DOB: 1/21/2983).
Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled the area. The vehicle was located a short time later at a residence in the 700 block of Independence Avenue. The driver was identified as Skinner, who was removed from the vehicle and searched.
The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and Skinner was charged. He was recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury on Armed Violence, Armed Habitual Criminal, Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon and Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer.
Armed Violence is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant is eligible for an extended sentence of Natural Life in the Department of Corrections for this offense.
Armed Habitual Criminal is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Possession with Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant is eligible for an extended sentence of Natural Life in the Department of Corrections for this offense.
Unlawful Possession of Weapon by a Felon is a Class 2 Felony that is punishable by an extended sentence of 3-14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Aggravated Fleeing or Attempting to Elude a Peace Officer is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by an extended sentence of 1-6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Skinner is currently in custody at the Winnebago County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment at 1:30pm on October 24th, 2019, by the Honorable Judge Brendan Maher in Courtroom B at the Winnebago County Justice Center.
The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.