Murder charges filed in crash that killed Rockford attorney
A grand jury has returned a bill of indictment against three men in connection with a car crash that resulted in the death of a Rockford attorney this August.
Bryant Locke, 20, faces three counts of first-degree murder and single counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm and aggravated fleeing and eluding. Ronaldo Fort Jr., 19, and 19-year-old D’Angelo Brooks have been charged with aggravated discharge of a firearm.
The crash happened Aug. 20 on Perryville Road, in front of Menard’s. Locke, Fort and Brooks were suspects in an armed robbery in Belvidere, and were fleeing to avoid apprehension by Boone County Sheriff’s Deputies when they hit a vehicle driven by Rockford attorney Karen Williams. She later died.
After the crash, a Boone County Sheriff’s deputy exchanged gunfire with the suspects. Nobody was injured in the exchange.
First-degree murder is a Class M felony, punishable by 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Aggravated discharge of a firearm is a Class X felony, punishable by a sentence of 10-45 years. Aggravated fleeing is a Class 4 felony with a sentencing range of 1-3 years in prison.