Rockford man found guilty of murder


Online Staff Report

A Rockford man has been found guilty of first-degree murder for shooting another man to death last year, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Monday, April 21.

Lorenzo Kent Jr., 25, was found guilty after a jury trial in front of Judge Fernando Engelsma.

May 6, 2013, Rockford Police were called to 1428 Nelson Blvd., for a shooting. When officers arrived, they found Donmarquis Jackson lying on the ground. He had been shot and died as a result.

Police say Lorenzo Kent Jr. was dating someone who had a previous relationship with Jackson. Witnesses said they heard Kent and Jackson arguing shortly before the shooting and they heard Kent threatening to kill Jackson days before he was gunned down.

First-degree murder is a Class M felony that is punishable by a term of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. The penalty range is enhanced to 25 years to life in prison when the defendant personally discharges a firearm that causes death.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 3, in front of Judge Fernando Engelsma in Courtroom A.

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