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Press Release-Joshua Schweig Sentence

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017

February 2nd, 2017

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Joshua Schweig (D.O.B. 5/8/1986) was sentenced to 14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge John Lowry.  As part of his sentence, the defendant will also be on Mandatory Supervised Release for three years after he is released from prison. Schweig pled guilty to one count of Armed Habitual Criminal in November 2016.


In March of 2015, Rockford Police went to the area of Winnebago and Bruce Street for a shots fired call.  Two officers located Joshua Schweig, who was armed with a rifle, near the intersection of Bruce and Horsman Streets.  The officers repeatedly ordered Schweig to drop his weapon, but instead, Schweig raised the rifle at the police.  Fearing for their lives, both officers fired their duty weapons at Schweig and one of the bullets hit him in the leg.  Despite the injury, Schweig fled the area and was later located at the northwest corner of Bruce and Rockton where he was taken into custody.  Officers recovered a loaded .22 caliber rifle just north of Church Street, along the path that Schweig was running.


Armed Habitual Criminal 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. 




Assistant State’s Attorney Wendy Larson


Winnebago County
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
OFC: (815) 319-4444

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