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Press Release-Marquest Friar Jury Trial

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019

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August 9th, 2019

State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that Marquest A. Friar (D.O.B. 1/1/2000) was found guilty of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking and Resisting a Peace Officer after a jury trial in front of the Honorable Judge Randy Wilt.


On December 6th, 2018, Rockford Police responded to the area of Preston Street at Lexington Avenue after a woman reported that she was approached by three males who were armed with handguns. The victim reported that one of the males approached her window pointed a gun at her, and demanded that she exit the vehicle. A short time later, Police located the victim’s car near the area of Montague Street at Bypass 20 and officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled. The vehicle exited onto East State Street from I90 and crashed. One of the occupants was identified as Marquest Friar. While attempting to exit the front passenger side of the crashed vehicle, Friar would not comply with Officer’s requests to show his hands. Friar was subsequently bit by one of the K9 Officers at the scene. Police also located a handgun on the ground where Friar was taken into custody.


            Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking is a Class X Felony that is punishable by a special sentence of 21-45 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.

Resisting a Peace Officer is a Class A Misdemeanor that is punishable by a sentence of probation or up to one year in the Winnebago County Jail.


Friar is scheduled to be sentenced at 3:30pm on October 30th, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Wilt in Courtroom 478.




Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman


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