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Press Release-J Spates Jury Trial

Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018

March 29th, 2018

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Jamie A. Spates (D.O.B. 6/7/1976) has been found guilty of four counts of First Degree Murder and one count of Mob Action after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge John Lowry. The jury also found that the allegation that the defendant personally discharged a firearm that proximately caused death or great bodily harm was proven during the course of the trial.   

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            On October 5th, 2017 Rockford Police responded to the 300 block of Cole Avenue regarding reports of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a male victim, later identified at 27 year-old Isaiah Starks of Rockford, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Rockford Fire Department personnel transported Starks to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased. An autopsy revealed that the victim died as a result of a gunshot wound. Detectives from the Violent Crimes Unit conducted an investigation into the incident.  Jamie Spates was arrested and charged with First Degree Murder in October of 2017.  Another individual is also charged, and the case against the other defendant is still pending.


First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony that is normally punishable by a sentence of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release. However, Spates is eligible for an extended term of 45 to Natural Life in the Department of Corrections per state statute.

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.

Spates is scheduled to be sentenced on May 24th, 2018 at 1:30pm by the Honorable Judge John Lowry in Courtroom 314. 


Deputy State's Attorney

James Brun

(815) 319-4700


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