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Press Release-Calvin Carter Jury Trial

Date: Tuesday, July 18, 2017


July 18th, 2017

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that on July 17th, 2017, Calvin L. Carter, III (D.O.B. 10/29/1992) was found guilty of First Degree Murder and Home Invasion after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Fernando Engelsma. 


On December 20th, 2014, Rockford Police responded to 3234 Montrose Avenue after receiving a 911 call reporting that shots had been fired.  Officers entered the duplex and found the bodies of Martia Flint, her two young children and her boyfriend, Demontae Rhodes. All the victims had been shot in the head. Detectives learned that Flint had previously been in a short relationship with Calvin Carter in the summer of 2014. The investigation, including cell phone records, physical and ballistic evidence linked Carter to the murders.  Detectives found the gun, and other evidence connecting Carter to the murders.  The firearm was sent to the Illinois State Crime Lab and it was confirmed to be the murder weapon.


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.

The jury also found that the additional allegations that the defendant personally discharged a firearm that proximately caused death, that the defendant murdered two or more individuals, that the murders were accompanied by brutal and heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty, that the murders were committed in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner pursuant to a preconceived plan, scheme, or design, to take a human life by unlawful means, and the conduct of the defendant created a reasonable expectation that the death of a human being would result therefrom, and that  the defendant murdered two victims that were under 12 years of age were proven. .  Under state statute, with proof of the additional allegations Carter faces an extended mandatory sentence of Natural Life in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Home Invasion 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.  Under state statute, Carter is eligible for an extended sentence of 6-50 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 




Chief of the Criminal Bureau

Marilyn Hite Ross


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

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