Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
January 11th, 2018
State's Attorney Joe Bruscato
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces charges against a Rockford man after a woman dies from a drug overdose in the summer of 2017.
On July 28, 2017, Rockford Police responded 1307 15th Avenue in reference to a found body. Officers arrived and found the victim, Jessica L. Spiller deceased in the backyard of 1311 15th Avenue. An autopsy was performed and determined that Spiller died of a drug overdose after a toxicology test found both cocaine and fentanyl in her system at the time of her death. During the course of the investigation, detectives determined that the defendant, Willie J. Walton supplied the drugs that lead to Spillers’ death.
Willie James Walton (D.O.B. 9/3/1973)faces a five count bill of indictment that includes two counts of Drug Induced Homicide, two counts of Delivery of a Controlled Substance and one count of Concealment of a Homicidal Death.
Drug Induced Homicide is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a special Mandatory Life sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by 3 years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Delivery of a Controlled Substance is a Class 2 Felony that is punishable by an extended term of 3-14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Concealment of a Homicidal Death is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by an extended term of 2-10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by one year of Mandatory Supervised Release.
The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
Chief of the Criminal Bureau
Marilyn Hite Ross