Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2017
April 4th, 2017
State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Todd Smith (D.O.B. 6/6/1967) was sentenced to a total of 59 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge Fernando Engelsma. Smith was found guilty on January 25, 2017 of First Degree Murder, Concealment of a Homicidal Death, Aggravated Battery and Aggravated Domestic Battery after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Fernando Engelsma. Smith was charged for the 2012 murder of his then wife Katrina Smith in Machesney Park.
In October of 2012, Roscoe Police were called to 4927 Prairie Rose Drive on a report of a missing person. Todd Smith had called to report that his wife, Katrina Smith had not been seen for a little more than 24 hours. Detectives with the Winnebago County Sheriff’s department and the Roscoe Police department were able to locate the victim’s car and purse in the area of Obispo and Ventura Drive in Machesney Park. A search of Todd Smith’s home found trace evidence of human blood on a metal baseball bat and a stair leading from the garage in to the home. The Illinois State Police conducted testing on the blood, and found that it was the victims. Police detectives and the community conducted several massive searches for Katrina, but were not able to find her. On November 9, 2012, Ryan Bruce, an off duty Byron Firefighter, was fishing near Oregon, Illinois and found Katrina’s body in the Rock River. An autopsy showed she suffered multiple injuries that were caused by blunt force trauma to her head, body and arms.
First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release. However, the defendant was eligible for a Natural Life sentence because the jury found that the murder was committed by exceptionally brutal or heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty. The defendant was sentenced to 55 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on this charge.
Concealment of a Homicidal Death 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. The defendant was sentenced to an additional 4 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections on this charge.
Concealment of a homicidal Death shall be served consecutive to the First Degree Murder sentence pursuant to statute.
Aggravated Domestic Battery is a Class 2 punishable by 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of corrections with mandatory supervised release of 4 years.
Aggravated Battery 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.
The jury also found that the allegation that the murder was accompanied by exceptionally brutal and heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty was proven. As a result of this finding, the defendant faces a possible sentence up to Natural Life on the First Degree Murder charges.
Chief of the Criminal Bureau Marilyn Hite Ross