Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
July 10th, 2019
State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Rockford man has been indicted by a Grand Jury for a murder last month.
On June 18th, 2019, Rockford Police Officers were dispatched to the 100 Block of Adams Street after multiple reports of shots fired. Officers learned that a male victim got into an argument with a suspect, which led to gunfire. Two people, a 20 year old male and 23 year old female were struck by gunfire and self-transported to a local hospital. The male, who was later identified as Joseph Hernandez, was pronounced deceased at the hospital. The female victim sustained injuries that were non-life threatening. Detectives from the Violent Crimes and Gang Units conducted a follow-up investigation and identified Quinton A. Smith (D.O.B. 9/12/1995) as the suspect. The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and charges were authorized against the defendant. Smith was recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury on First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm charges.
First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony that is punishable by an extended term sentence of 45 years to Natural Life in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm 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.
Aggravated Battery with a Firearm 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.
Smith is currently in custody at the Winnebago County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9:00am on July 16th, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Joseph McGraw in Courtroom A at the Winnebago County Justice Center.
The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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