Date: Monday, April 16, 2018
April 16th, 2018
State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that on April 13th, 2018, Aaron C. Leach (D.O.B. 10/7/1988) was sentenced to 40 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge John Lowry. The defendant will also be on Mandatory Supervised Release for up to Natural Life and he will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life as part of his sentence. Leach pled guilty to Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault and Home Invasion in January.
On October 21st, 2014, Rockford Police were called to a home in the 400 Block of Grayling Drive for a home invasion. Officers talked with the people inside who reported the residence was state owned and operated by the Goldie B. Floberg Center. Three developmentally challenged boys lived there at the time, and were not hurt during the home invasion. Employees reported that two men entered the residence, armed with black bludgeons. The suspects ransacked the residence and demanded everything of value from the people inside at the time. The defendant, Aaron Leach also forced one of the group home employees into a bathroom, and sexually assaulted her. DNA testing from the victim’s clothing revealed an association with the defendant.
Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault 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 to Natural Life of Mandatory Supervised Release. The sentence also requires the defendant to register as a sex offender for the rest of his natural life. The defendant is eligible for an extended term of 16-40 years in prison because he used a weapon during the assault. Leach was sentenced to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will have to serve 85% of the prison sentence.
Home Invasion 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. The defendant was sentenced to 10 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for this offense and will have to serve 50% of this sentence. The sentences will be served consecutively.
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