Online Staff Report
Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Monday, April 28, that Wyatt Hawkins, 31, has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in front of Judge Ronald White.
As part of that plea, Hawkins was sentenced to 16 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and will be on mandatory supervised release for three years after he’s released from prison.
The sentence stems from a shooting incident in July 2012, when Rockford Police were called to a home on Eight Street. There, they found the victim, Troy Crecy, with a gunshot wound to the stomach.
Detectives talked to witnesses who said Wyatt Hawkins arrived at the home and got in to a struggle with Troy Crecy and Hawkins shot Crecy during the struggle.
Second-degree murder is a Class 1 felony, however,Hawkins was sentenced for a Class X felony because of his prior criminal history. A Class X Felony has a sentencing range of six and 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.