Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
September 8th, 2017
Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Calvin L. Carter, III (D.O.B. 10/29/1992) was sentenced to four consecutive Natural Life terms in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge Fernando Engelsma. The Judge added 280 years to the sentence because the defendant used a firearm and committed a Home Invasion at the time of the murders. Carter was found guilty of multiple counts of First Degree Murder and Home Invasion after a jury trial in July.
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. The Honorable Judge Engelsma sentenced Carter to Four Natural Life terms in the Illinois Department of Corrections plus an additional 50 years on each one of the four counts, because the defendant used a firearm to commit the offense.
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 45 years to Natural Life in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Judge Engelsma sentenced Carter to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and added 50 years because the defendant used a firearm to commit the offense.
Chief of the Criminal Bureau
Marilyn Hite Ross