Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
March 28th, 2019
State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a former Blackhawk Fire Department Firefighter faces additional charges after investigations in to two separate fires that occurred in Rockford earlier this year.
On January 3rd, 2019, Firefighters responded to a dumpster fire in the 4000 Block of Prairie Road. Investigators determined that the fire was deliberately set.
On January 17th, 2019, Investigators determined that a fire was deliberately set to a trailer in the 1000 block of Iroquois Avenue.
On January 27th and February 3rd, two separate fires were deliberately set to trailers in the 1500 block of Linda Avenue.
The additional charges stem from fires sent on February 28th, 2019 and March 20th, 2019. Investigators determined that two separate garage fires were deliberately set to garages in the 1700 block of S. 5th Street in Rockford.
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Detectives, the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Rockford Fire Department conducted follow up investigations, which were reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, on March 22nd, 2019, the defendant, Brandon Cox (D.O.B. 7/11/1997) was charged with four counts of Arson. An additional two counts of Arson were authorized by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office on March 27th, 2019.
Arson is a Class 2 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Cox is currently being held in the Winnebago County Jail on $250,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court again at 9:00am on April 30th, 2019.
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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