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Press Release-Joseph Morson Sentence


Date: Friday, November 2, 2018

November 2nd, 2018

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that on November 1st, 2018, Joseph D. Morson (D.O.B. 5/28/1969) was sentenced to a total of 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge Randy Wilt. Morson was found guilty of Aggravated Domestic Battery and Unlawful Restraint after a jury trial in September. 

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            On March 12th, 2018, Rockford City Police Officers were dispatched to 550 South Mulford Road to meet with a female, who stated that she had been beaten up, and held against her will by the defendant, Joseph Morson. When officers arrived, they observed that the victim had multiple cuts and bruises on her face. The victim went to the hospital to be treated for her injuries. A follow-up investigation revealed that, Joseph Morson, struck the victim several times, then wouldn’t allow her leave her apartment. Morson continued to attack and strangle the victim over the course of four days. The victim was able to escape the apartment, to contact the police.

            Aggravated Domestic Battery is a Class 2 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by four years of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant was sentenced to two, five year terms in the Department of Corrections. The sentences will be served at 85% and will run concurrently.

Unlawful Restraint 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. The defendant was sentenced to two years in the Department of Corrections. This sentence will be served at 50% and will run concurrently to the Aggravated Domestic Battery counts.

           

CONTACT PERSON:

Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman

(815) 319-4725

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