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Press Release-McCristal Plea and Sentence

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

February 28th, 2018

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that on February 27th, 2018, Jeremy J. McCristal (D.O.B. 1/13/1984) pled guilty to Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon in front of the Honorable Judge Randy Wilt.  As part of his plea, McCristal was sentenced to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will be on Mandatory Supervised Release for three years once he is released from prison.

McCristal Mug 

            In May of 2017, Rockford Police responded to 2011 School Street after a report that the defendant, Jeremy McCristal was sending pictures of himself with at least two different handguns to a woman in South Beloit. McCristal was living at the School Street home and gave officers permission to search the residence. While inside, Police found two hand guns, and the defendant, admitted to possessing the weapons. McCristal has previously been convicted of a Class 1 Felony in Cook County. The defendant did not possess a valid FOID card and he is not eligible for one because of his prior convictions.


Because of the Defendant’s prior criminal record, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a special sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. McCristal will have to serve 50% of the 15 year prison sentence.



Assistant State’s Attorney

Patrick Gibson


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

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