Jury finds man guilty of armed robbery


Staff Report

Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced Friday that on Tuesday, Nov. 4, Devante Hill, 21, was found guilty of three counts of armed robbery, one count of attempt armed robbery and one count of resisting a peace officer after a jury trial in front of Judge Ronald White.

September 2011, Rockford Police were called to the Dollar Tree in the 3800 Block of Riverside Boulevard for an armed robbery. Hill and two other men went inside the business, threatened the employees and demanded cash. A short time later, all three suspects tried robbing a pizza delivery driver for Anna’s Pizza on North Main Street. Police also received reports that Hill and the two other men then went to Mulligan’s on North Main Street and took a purse from a woman who was in the parking lot of the business at the time.

Armed robbery is a Class X felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. It also carries a penalty of up to three years of Mandatory Supervised Release (parole). Hill is eligible for an additional 15 year sentence because he used a firearm during the commission of this crime.

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