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Press Release-Deon Hart Jury Trial


Date: Monday, November 19, 2018

November 19th, 2018

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Deon L. Hart (D.O.B 2/2/1995) was found guilty of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Brendan Maher.  

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On May 24th, 2017, around 9:00pm, Officers from the Rockford Police Department were dispatched to the 3300 Block of Sablewood Drive after reports of gunfire in the area.  When Officers arrived, they located a male victim, later identified as Lester Sanders, who was suffering from a gunshot wound. Sanders later died from his injuries. Detectives from the Rockford Police Department Violent Crimes Unit conducted a follow-up investigation that resulted in the arrest of Deon Hart, and Van Richardson. Richardson was convicted of First Degree Murder and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Maher in October.  He is scheduled to be back in court at 8:30am on November 20th, 2018 in Courtroom D of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center. 

 

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. The jury also found that the allegation that the defendant personally discharged a firearm that proximately caused death was proven. The First Degree Murder sentence range is 45 years to Natural Life in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm is a Class 1 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

 

Hart is scheduled to be back in Courtroom D of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center on December 6th, 2018.

 

CONTACT PERSON:

Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman

815-319-4725

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