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Press Release-Mitchell Powell Indictments


Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019

January 24th, 2019

State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that two people have been indicted for selling a fatal dose of heroin to a woman who overdosed last summer.   

 Demareo Mitchell MugMiranda Powell Mug

              Damareo M. Mitchell                                       Miranda C. Powell

On July 3rd, 2018, Rockford Police responded to an apartment in the 2600 Block of Rudeen Close for a possible deceased female. The woman was later identified as Elizabeth Fosnow and she wasn’t responsive. Fosnow was taken to a local hospital and pronounced deceased. An autopsy conducted by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office determined that Fosnow died as a result of a heroin overdose.  Rockford Police Narcotics Detectives conducted a follow up investigation which was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office.  As a result, the defendants, Damareo M. Mitchell (D.O.B. 1/28/1988) and Miranda C. Powell (D.O.B. 2/23/1989) were charged and recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury.  Mitchell and Powell each face a four count bill of indictment that includes one count of Drug Induced Homicide, one count of Conspiracy to Commit Drug Induced Homicide, one count of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and one count of Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance charges.

 

Drug Induced Homicide is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 15-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Conspiracy to Commit Drug Induced Homicide is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendants are eligible for an extended sentence based on Illinois State Statute.

Delivery of a Controlled Substance 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. 

Conspiracy to Deliver a Controlled Substance is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.  The defendants are eligible for an extended sentence based on Illinois State Statute.  

 

The charges are merely allegations and the defendants are 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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