Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Grand Jury has returned an indictment against two men for a shooting in Rockford over the summer.
On July 3rd, 2019, Rockford Police Officers were dispatched to the area of Albert Avenue and School Street in regards to a shooting. It was later determined that the incident took place at 2011 School Street. Upon arrival, Officers located a female victim inside, suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim was transported to a Rockford hospital for her injuries and survived.
Detectives conducted a follow up investigation and Richard E. Bloxton (DOB: 5/31/1988) and Wesley K. Hall, Jr. (DOB: 10/7/1987) were developed as suspects.
The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and charges were authorized. Recently, Bloxton was indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury for Unlawful Possession of Weapon by a Felon and Resisting a Peace Officer. Hall was indicted for Reckless Discharge of a Firearm.
Unlawful Use Possession by a Felon is a Class 2 Felony that is punishable by a special sentence of 3-14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Reckless Discharge of a Firearm 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. The defendants are eligible for an extended sentence of 1-6 years in the Department of Corrections for this offense.
Resisting a Peace Officer is a Class A Misdemeanor that is punishable by a sentence of either probation or up to one year in the Winnebago County Jail.
Currently, (At the time of posting this) there are warrants out for both Bloxton and Hall. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department at (779) 500-6551 or Crime Stoppers (815) 963-7867
The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.