Online Staff Report
Rico Jefferson, 24, has pled guilty to aggravated discharge of a firearm for his role in a May 22, 2012, shooting at an Auburn Street BP Gas Station that left 18-year-old Duane Buchannan Jr. dead.
As part of the plea, Jefferson was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will be on Mandatory Supervised Release for two years once he gets out of prison. The sentence is subject to truth in sentencing and must be served at 85 percent.
Jefferson was charged for his role in the murder of Buchannan Jr. May 22, 2012 Buchannan Jr. and Demaureo Brown went to the BP Gas Station at 3721 Auburn St. in Rockford. Buchanan walked into the store, and pulled out a large amount of cash.
As Buchanan exited the store to return to his car, he was punched by co-defendant Martell Buckley, and a fight ensued. Brown exited the car to aid Buchanan. At that time, Jefferson fired a gun in the direction of Brown, causing Brown to flee and not render aid to Buchanan. Buckley subsequently shot Buchannan several times, killing him. Buckley was convicted of first-degree murder after a jury trial and is scheduled to be sentenced April 21.
Aggravated discharge of a firearm is a Class 1 felony punishable by a term of four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Posted April 2, 2014