Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that Javontavious Z. Benford(DOB: 11/25/1998) was found guilty of First Degree Murder and Mob Action after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Debra Schafer.
On March 29th of 2016, Rockford Police were called to 3321 Parkside Drive after reports of a disturbance. Officers found a 17 year old male inside the garage of the residence who appeared to be suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a Rockford hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
An autopsy subsequently conducted by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office revealed that the victim died as a result of a gunshot wound. Rockford Police Detectives conducted a follow up investigation which revealed that the defendant, Javontavious Benford along with two other individuals went to the Parkside Drive residence when an altercation occurred that resulted in the fatal shooting.
First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Mob Action is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Benford is scheduled to appear in court in front of the Honorable Judge Schafer at 9:00am on November 1st, 2019, in Courtroom B at the Winnebago County Justice Center.