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Press Release-Brown Murder Charges


Date: Thursday, November 30, 2017

PRESS RELEASE

November 30th, 2017

State's Attorney Joe Bruscato

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces charges against a Rockford man for a fatal shooting that happened on May 18th of 2016.

 

            Rockford Police responded to the 1000 Block of 15th Avenue after reports of multiple shots fired in the middle of the afternoon.  Officers found two victims, one of them, James Tomlinson (D.O.B. 11/5/1991), was deceased.  An autopsy later revealed Tomlinson died as a result of a gunshot wound.  The other victim was also shot, but survived. 

Geoffrey Brown Mug 

           Geoffrey V. Brown (D.O.B. 2/19/1979)faces 17 counts of First Degree Murder, 1 count of Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, 1 count of Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and 1 count of Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon.

 

First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 45 years to Natural Life in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release. 

Aggravated Battery with a Firearm 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.

Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by a special sentence of 2-10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

 

A warrant has been issued for Mr. Brown.  Anyone with information regarding this incident or Brown’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Rockford Police Department Investigations Bureau at 779-500-6551or 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.

 

CONTACT PERSON:

Assistant State’s Attorney

Jessica Maveus

815-319-4700

Winnebago County
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
OFC: (815) 319-4444
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