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Press Release-Fredrick Thomas Murder Charges

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018

September 27th, 2018

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that the Grand Jury has returned a nine count bill of indictment against an individual for the murder of a Rockford woman earlier this month.

 Fredrick Thomas Mug

On Tuesday, September 11th, 2018 shortly after 8:00 a.m., Rockford Police Officers were called to an apartment in the 900 block of 10th Avenue for a medical assist involving an unresponsive female. Upon arrival, Officers located the body of a female who was deceased. The victim was identified as 36-year-old Jennifer Lewis of Rockford. The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy and found Lewis’ cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the body. Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and developedFredrick D. Thomas (D.O.B. 12/31/1984) as the suspect. The investigation was later reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office and First Degree Murder charges were authorized against the defendant.


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 defendant is eligible for an extended term of 60-100 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.   


Thomas is currently being held in the Winnebago County Jail on $1 million bond. He is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30pm on Friday, September 28th, 2018 in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.


The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.



Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman


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