Date: Friday, March 22, 2019
March 22nd, 2019
State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that on March 21st, 2019, James A. Jeffers (D.O.B. 1/14/1982) was sentenced to a total of 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge Donna Honzel. The defendant will also be on Mandatory Supervised Release for two years once he is released from prison. Jeffers pled guilty to Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Death and Aggravated Driving Under the Influence Involving Great Bodily Harm on October 11th, 2018.
On December 4th, 2015, at approximately 1:30am, Rockford Police Officers were dispatched to the Whitman Street Bridge for a traffic crash. Upon arrival, Police observed a Chevrolet Malibu with heavy damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle and an SUV had heavy front end damage. The driver of the Malibu, Alex Banks, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The front seat passenger sustained serious injuries as a result of the collision. An autopsy, conducted by the Winnebago County Coroner’s Office determined that Banks died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head and chest. The driver of the SUV was identified as the defendant, James Jeffers. Upon further investigation, Officers determined that Jeffers’ blood alcohol content was above the legal limit of .08 and he tested positive for cannabis metabolite (THC).
Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Involving Death is a Class 2 Felony that is punishable by a special sentence of 3-14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release. Jeffers was sentenced to 10 years in the Department of Corrections for this offense which will be served at 85%.
Aggravated Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Involving Great Bodily Harm is a Class 4 Felony that is punishable by a special sentence of 1-12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant was sentenced to five years in the Department of Corrections for this offense which will be served at 85%.The sentences are to be served concurrently.
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