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Press Release-Christopher Smith Bench Trial


Date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017

 

PRESS RELEASE

August 1st, 2017

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that on July 31st, 2017, Christopher DaShawn Smith (D.O.B. 10/6/1976) was found guilty of Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Involving Death, Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of a Combination of Drugs Alcohol Involving Death, Reckless Homicide and two counts of Aggravated Fleeing to Elude after a bench trial in front of the Honorable Judge Ronald White. 

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In November of 2015, Rockford Police attempted to pull over a vehicle, driven by Christopher Smith, for a traffic offense.  Smith fled from police and ended up losing control, driving across all lanes of traffic before crashing into the woods along the 2400 block of North Central Avenue.  Smith and his passenger, James Smith, both had to be extricated from the vehicle.  James Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy determined James Smith’s cause of death to be asphyxia caused by the vehicle crash. A reconstruction of the crash  determined that the vehicle was traveling at least 71 miles per hour and failed to brake before it crashed.  The driver, Christopher Smith’s blood alcohol content was .078. He also had cocaine and THC metabolites in his system at the time of the crash.

 

Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Drugs/Alcohol Involving Death 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. Smith is eligible for an extended term of 6-30 years in prison because of his prior criminal record.

Reckless Homicide is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.  The defendant is eligible for an extended term of 2-10 years under State Statute.

Aggravated Fleeing to Elude is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.  The defendant is eligible for an extended term of 2-10 years under State Statute. 

Smith is scheduled for a status hearing on August 24th, 2017 in front of the Honorable Judge Ronald White in Courtroom 316.

 

CONTACT PERSON:

Assistant State’s Attorney Matthew Leisten

815-319-4700



Winnebago County
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
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