Date: Friday, April 13, 2018
April 13th, 2018
State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announces that on April 6th, 2018, Mark W. Hooper, Jr. (D.O.B. 3/10/1994) pled guilty to Criminal Abuse/Neglect of an Elderly Person and Aggravated Animal Cruelty in front of the Honorable Judge Brendan Maher. The defendant was sentenced to a total of eight years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will be on Mandatory Supervised Release for one year once he is released from prison.
On September 12th, 2017, Rockford Police and Winnebago County Animal Services conducted a compliance check at a residence at 1141 Broadway Street. As soon as an Animal Services Officer ascended the back staircase of the residence, the Officer was overwhelmed by the odor of animal urine and feces. Once inside, Animal Services and Police observed urine and fecal stains throughout the apartment. The defendant, Mark W. Hooper, Jr. and another individual were living in the apartment at the time. Investigators located an 81 year old woman inside the residence suffering from dementia who had been staying inside a bedroom with a dog kennel. Several malnourished dogs, including eleven puppies, were also located inside the apartment, and kept inside a small kennel that was littered with dried feces and urine stains. A City of Rockford Building Inspector condemned the apartment after this incident.
Criminal Abuse/Neglect of Elderly Person is a Class 3 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 2-5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for this offense.
Aggravated Animal Cruelty 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. The defendant is extended term eligible and was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for this offense. The sentences will be served concurrently.
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