Date: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
October 9th, 2019
State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Rockford man has been indicted by a Grand Jury for a fatal shooting near downtown last month.
On September 17th, 2019, Rockford Police Officers responded to a shots fired call at 6th Street and East State Street. Upon arrival, Officers located a vehicle in the intersection with two occupants inside suffering from gunshot wounds. The male victim, later identified as Demontea Williams, was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. Williams was pronounced deceased on September 19th at the hospital. A female occupant of the vehicle was also struck by gunfire. She was transported to the hospital with injuries and she was treated and released. Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation that was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, charges were authorized against Jamie A. Pearson (DOB: 7/23/1991). Pearson was recently indicted by a Winnebago County Grand Jury on multiple counts of First Degree Murder, Attempt First Degree Murder, Aggravated Battery and Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon charges.
First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections with a possible extended term sentence of up to Natural Life followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Attempt First Degree Murder is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant is eligible for an extended term of an additional 25 years to Natural Life in the Department of Corrections for this offense.
Aggravated Battery with a Firearm is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Unlawful Use of a Weapon by a Felon is a Class 2 Felony that is punishable by an extended sentence of 7-14 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Pearson is in custody at the Winnebago County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned at 9:00am on October 31st, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Randy Wilt in Courtroom B at the Winnebago County Justice Center.
The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.
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