Man sentenced to 27 years for April 2013 home invasion, armed robbery

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Marcell Norris, 26, has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for home invasion, armed robbery, resisting a peace officer and possession of cannabis.

April 29, 2013, Rockford police responded to the 2300 block of South Sixth Street. Upon arrival, officers were flagged down by a citizen who pointed to a female who stated her house had been broken into. The victim told police she was in her home when two suspects broke in through her front door. Both subjects pointed handguns at the victim and asked for money. One of the suspects continued to hold a gun to her head, while the other walked about the house. The second suspect took two laptop computers from the residence and left the area.

A neighbor of the victim had observed a black SUV in the alley just prior to this incident. The neighbor found the vehicle to be suspicious, so continued watching it while calling 911. The neighbor observed two subjects get out of the vehicle and approach one of the houses. A short time later, those two subjects came running back to the vehicle, got in, and left the area, as the neighbor continued to give information to the 911 operator. A Rockford police officer saw the suspect vehicle as it was leaving the area, and followed it to the 1700 block of Kishwaukee Street, where it stopped. Three occupants fled from the vehicle. Officers chased after the subjects, and Norris was apprehended a few minutes later. The victim identified Norris as the intruder who pointed a small handgun at her and took her laptop computers. The neighbor also identified Norris as one of the people he saw exit the SUV a short time prior to the offense, then run back to the SUV after the offense was committed.

Home invasion and armed robbery are both Class X felonies with a sentencing range of six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The defendant received a sentence of 12 years plus a 15-year enhancement for being armed with a firearm.

Resisting a police officer is a Class A misdemeanor with a possible sentence of up to one year in jail. Possession of cannabis is a Class B misdemeanor, with a possible sentence of up to six months in jail. The defendant received 200 days on the resisting, and 90 days on the cannabis case. They merge into the felony sentence.

Posted Jan. 2, 2014

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