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Press Release-Deontay Gunnell Sentence


Date: Friday, February 15, 2019

February 15th, 2019

State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that Deontay L. Gunnell (D.O.B. 5/14/1995) was sentenced to a total of 51 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge John Lowry. The defendant will also be on Mandatory Supervised Release for three years once he is released from prison. Gunnell was found guilty of First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm and Mob Action after a bench trial in November of 2018.

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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. Gunnell was sentenced to 46 years in the Department of Corrections and will be on Mandatory Supervised Release for three years once he is released from prison.

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. Gunnell was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections and will be on Mandatory Supervised Release for three years once he is released from prison. This sentence will run consecutive to the First Degree Murder sentence and be served at 85%.

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 was sentenced to three years in the Department of Corrections and will be on Mandatory Supervised Release for one year once he is released from prison. This sentence will run concurrent to the Aggravated Discharge charge and be served at 85%.

CONTACT PERSON:

Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman

815-319-4725

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