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Press Release-Lorenzo Kent Sentenced


Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018

October 25th, 2018

State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato

 

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that Lorenzo Kent, Jr. (D.O.B. 11/9/1989) was sentenced to 45 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by the Honorable Judge Joseph McGraw.  Kent was found guilty of First Degree Murder after a second jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Fernando Engelsma in November of 2017.  Kent was originally convicted of First Degree Murder in April 2014, and sentenced to a total of 55 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Kent appealed the conviction, and was awarded a new trial.    

 Lorenzo Kent Mug

On May 6th of 2013, Rockford Police were called to 1428 Nelson Boulevard for a shooting.  When officers got there they found Donmarquis Jackson lying on the ground.  He’d been shot and died as a result.  Police say Lorenzo Kent, Jr. was dating someone who had a previous relationship with Jackson.  Witnesses say the two were arguing shortly before the shooting and they heard Kent threatening to kill Jackson just days before the murder.

 

First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony that is punishable by a term of 20 to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  The penalty range for personally discharging a firearm that proximately causes death is an additional 25 year to natural life sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Kent was sentenced to 45 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  The sentence is to be served at 100 percent.

 

 

 

CONTACT PERSON:

Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman

815-319-4700

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