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Press Release-Rosie Bailey Indictment

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019

April 11th, 2019

State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces that a Rockford woman has been indicted for setting fire to a Rockford business last month.  

   Rosie Bailey Mug        

            On March 20th, 2019, at approximately 11:20am, Rockford Police Officers were in a marked squad vehicle in the 900 Block of School Street. They saw a female, later identified as Rosie E. Bailey (D.O.B. 2/3/1966) standing alone, on the south east corner of 917 School Street. Moments later, the Officers noticed a fire begin to rise from the corner of a strip mall near the area. A follow up investigation was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a result, Bailey was charged, and recently indicted on Arson and Criminal Damage to Property charges.


            Arson is a Class 2 Felony that is punishable by a sentence of 3-7 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of Mandatory Supervised Release.

            Criminal Damage to Property is a Class A Misdemeanor that is punishable by probation or a sentenced of up to a year in the Winnebago County Jail.


Bailey is in custody at the Winnebago County Jail. She is scheduled to be arraigned at 9:00am on April 25th, 2019, in front of the Honorable Judge Randy Wilt in Courtroom B of the Winnebago County Criminal Justice Center.  


The charges are merely allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent until or unless proven guilty in a court of law.



Alternative Justice & Outreach Coordinator

Katie Zimmerman


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