Date: Monday, November 19, 2018
November 19th, 2018
State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Deontay L. Gunnell (D.O.B. 5/14/1995) was found guilty of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Mob Action after a bench trial in front of the Honorable Judge John Lowry.
On December 4th, 2015 around 4:00pm, Rockford Police Officers were dispatched to the Fairgrounds Housing Complex after a complaint of shots being fired. Officers found a female victim, unresponsive, upstairs inside an apartment at 814 Tanner Court. The victim was later identified as Racheal Garrett. A subsequent autopsy found that Garrett died of a gunshot wound to the chest. Detectives with the Violent Crimes Unit conducted a follow-up investigation. The defendant, Deontay Gunnell, and two other men were developed as suspects and charges were authorized by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office.
First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 40-80 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
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.
Mob Action is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 1-3 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Gunnell is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:30pm on January 4th, 2019 by the Honorable Judge Lowry in Courtroom 314.
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