Second plea deal reached in 2011 murder case

Thomas Stuen
Thomas Stuen

Online Staff Report

Thomas Stuen, the second man charged with the 2011 murder of  29-year-old Eric Johnson will spend the next 20 years in prison as part of a plea bargain reached Tuesday, April 21.

Stuen, 26, and 24-year-old Cory Richardson were charged with first-degree murder and robbery in 2011. Richardson reached a deal last year and is now serving a 32-year sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Both convictions stem from an incident that occurred Dec. 30, 2010 when a woman called 911 and told dispatchers her boyfriend had been shot at a residence in the 2000 block of North Weldon Road.

When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found Johnson on the living room floor suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Johnson later died at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

As police investigated the shooting, they learned Richardson and Stuen lured Johnson to the front door by kicking it multiple times. When Johnson opened the door, Richardson shot him in the chest. John and Stuen then robbed the home.

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