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Press Release-David R Stephens Howard Ave Murder Charges


Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018

December 20th, 2018

State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces thatDavid R. Stephens (D.O.B. 5/24/1988)was indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury for a fatal shooting that happened in Rockford in March.

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On March 4th, 2018, Rockford Police Officers responded to 426 Howard Avenue after reports of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located multiple victims in the basement of the residence. One male victim, later identified as Theodore Daniels, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy conducted on Daniels concluded that Daniels died as a result of gunshot wounds. Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit conducted a follow up investigation which was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, the defendant, David Stephens was charged and subsequently indicted by the Grand Jury. Stephens faces a 51 count Bill of Indictment that includes charges of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon. 

 

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 defendant faces an extended term of 45 years to Natural Life in the Illinois Department of Corrections if convicted of this charge.

Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a special sentence of 4-30 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.

Reckless Discharge of a Firearm is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 1-6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Aggravated Assault is a Class A Misdemeanor that is punishable by a sentence of either probation or up to a year in the Winnebago County Jail.

 

The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.

CONTACT PERSON:

Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman

815-319-4725

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