Date: Wednesday, August 10, 2016
August 10th, 2016
State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Carlos Jones (D.O.B. 5/1/1992) was sentenced to Natural Life in Prison by the Honorable Judge Ronald White. Jones was found guilty of First Degree Murder, Attempt Armed Robbery, and Mob Action after a bench trial in front of the Honorable Judge Ronald White in April. At that time, the court further found the defendant personally discharged a firearm proximately causing the death of Michael Studer. In court today, Jones was also sentenced to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on each of the two Attempt Armed Robbery charges and 5 years on the Mob Action charge. Those sentences run concurrent to the Natural Life sentence handed down by the Honorable Judge White.
On May 23rd, 2012, Rockford Police were called to the Citgo Gas Station at 4315 Auburn Street for a shooting. They found the victim, Michael Studer who had been shot in the chest. Studer was taken to the hospital, but he later died. The evidence presented indicates that Carlos Jones and another man tried to rob Michael Studer and his girlfriend right before the fatal shooting.
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. Under state statute, Jones is eligible for an extended sentence of 45 years to Natural Life in prison.
Attempt Armed Robbery 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.
Mob Action 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.
Deputy State’s Attorney F. James Brun