Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that Terrell D. Ellis (D.O.B. 5/22/1980) was sentenced to 70 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge Randy Wilt. The sentence will be served at 100 percent. The defendant will also be on Mandatory Supervised Release for three years after he is released from prison. Ellis was found guilty of First Degree Murder after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Wilt in May.
On April 28th, 2016, Rockford Police Officers were called to 3540 Louisiana Road for a medical assist. Upon arrival, Officers were directed to an upstairs bedroom. Police found a female victim who was identified as Monica Box who had been badly beaten. Box was transported to the hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. A subsequent autopsy found that the victim died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head. Detectives conducted a follow up investigation and the defendant, Terrell Ellis was developed as a suspect. Ellis and Box were in a dating relationship at the time of the offense.
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. However, the defendant is eligible for an extended term sentence of up to Natural Life after the jury found that when the defendant committed the offense of first degree murder, the offense was accompanied by exceptionally brutal or heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty was also proven beyond a reasonable doubt.