Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Friday that Justin Martin, 33, was sentenced to 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections by Judge Patrick Heaslip. Martin will also be on Mandatory Supervised Release (parole) for two years once he’s released from prison.
Martin pleaded guilty to failure to report an accident involving death after leaving the scene and driving after suspension in May. Martin also admitted to violating court supervision he was on as part of his sentence in a previous case from 2007.
Martin was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that hit and killed Todd Jackson in the fall of 2013. Jackson was walking near the intersection of Charles and 28th streets when he was hit. Martin drove away and didn’t stop to check to see if Jackson was OK. Martin also didn’t call police to report the accident.
Jackson died from blunt force trauma received in the crash. Police got a tip from Crime Stoppers about the truck involved, which led Rockford Police Detectives to Martin.
Failure to report an accident involving death after leaving the scene is a Class 1 felony that is punishable by a term of 4-15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. It also carries a penalty of up to two years of Mandatory Supervised Release. The sentence must be served at 50 percent.