Online Staff Report
Jeremy Hassenfelt, 42, was sentenced Dec. 11 to 57 years in prison for the February 2010 murder of James Wyatt.
Hassenfelt was found guilty after a jury trial of four counts of first-degree murder in September 2012. Hassenfelt will also be on Mandatory Supervised Release for three years once he is released from prison.
In February 2010, Rockford police were called to the 1400 block of Latham Street for shots fired. When officers arrived, they saw a pickup truck in the street and its driver was unresponsive. Further investigation showed Wyatt had been shot and died as a result of those injuries. Witnesses identified Hassenfelt as the man who shot Wyatt.
First-degree murder is a Class M felony punishable by a sentence of 20 to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release.
Hassenfelt is eligible for an extended sentence of an additional 25 years to natural life because he used a firearm that proximately caused death.
Pursuant to Illinois law, Hassenfelt must serve 100 percent of the sentence.
Posted Dec. 12, 2014