Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
January 25th, 2019
State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Rockford man faces charges for a fatal shooting earlier this week.
On Monday, January 21, 2019, around 4:00 p.m., Rockford Police Officers responded to the 700 block of Kent Street after a report of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers located a 15-year-old male victim lying in the street suffering from a gunshot wound. Detectives from the Violent Crimes and Gang Units conducted a follow-up investigation into the incident. The investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, charges were authorized and a warrant was obtained for the suspect, Juan D. Mora (D.O.B. 2/10/1994). Mora is being charged with First Degree Murder, Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm, and Possession of a Firearm Without Requisite Firearm Owner’s I.D. Card.
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 mandatory additional 25 years to Natural Life followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
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 Mandatory Supervised Release.
Possession of a Firearm Without Requisite Firearm Owner’s I.D. Card is a Class A Misdemeanor that is punishable by up to one year in jail or up to two years of probation.
Mora is currently being held in the Winnebago County Jail on a $10 million dollar bond.
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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