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Press Release-Laronda Graham Plea


Date: Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21st, 2018

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Laronda D. Graham(D.O.B. 9/17/1993)pled guilty to Reckless Homicide and Aggravated Fleeing to Elude in front of the Honorable Judge Donna Honzel. As part of the plea, Graham was sentenced to a total of six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will be on Mandatory Supervised Release for two years once she is released from prison.

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On February 8th, 2016, Illinois State Police were called to assist the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department with a two vehicle car crash at the intersection of Springfield and Cunningham Roads. Investigators determined that a Sheriff’s Deputy was attempting to make a traffic stop near the area of West State Street and Meridian Road when the driver, later identified as Laronda D. Graham, fled at a high rate of speed. Graham ended up striking another vehicle, driven by the victim, Joy Lambert at Springfield and Cunningham after Graham sped through a red light.  Lambert was ejected from her vehicle, and pronounced deceased at the scene.  A subsequent autopsy revealed Lambert died from the injuries she sustained in the crash. Graham and her passenger, Eric Brown, Jr. were also seriously injured

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. Graham was sentenced to the maximum of 5 years in the Department of Corrections for this charge and will be on Mandatory Supervised Release for one years after she is released from prison.

Aggravated Fleeing to Elude 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 one year in the Department of Corrections for this offense and will be on Mandatory Supervised Release for a year after she is released from prison. This one year sentence will be served after Graham completes the 5 year sentence on the Reckless Homicide

Graham will be required to serve 50% of the six year prison sentence.

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