Man sentenced to 37 years in prison for 2012 murder

Martell Buckley
Martell Buckley

Online Staff Report

Martell L. Buckley, 27, will spend the next 37 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his role in a 2012 shooting that left another man dead, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Monday, April 21.

Buckley was convicted of first-degree murder last December.

May 23, 2012 Buckley, and two other men, were at the BP gas station at 3721 Auburn St., in Rockford, when Duane Buchanan Jr. walked into the store and pulled out what police believe was a large amount of cash.

Buckley and two other individuals approached Buchanan as he walked out of the store. An altercation ensued and Buchanan was shot. Buchanan later died of wounds sustained in the shooting.

First-degree murder is punishable by a sentence of 20-60 years is prison. Buckley must serve 100 percent of his sentence followed by three years of supervised released (parole).

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