Online Staff Report
Donald P. Falls, 28, has been sentenced to natural life in prison for the September 2011 murder of Harold Anding.
In September 2011, Anding was dropped off at a Rockford hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. Police learned he was the victim of a shooting in the area of Prairie Street and Sixth Street.
Anding was the front-seat passenger of a vehicle that had stopped near the intersection. While stopped, the driver of another vehicle, Falls, got out and opened fire at Anding. Falls got back in his vehicle and took off from the area. Anding later died at the hospital from gunshot wounds.
Falls was found guilty of first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm after a jury trial in December. Falls was sentenced to natural life on the first-degree murder charge and 15 years for an aggravated discharge of a firearm charge.
First-degree murder is a Class M felony that is punishable by a sentence of 20 to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, followed by three years of mandatory supervised release. Falls is eligible for an extended sentence of an additional 25 years up to natural life because he used a firearm that proximately caused death.
Aggravated discharge of a firearm is a Class 1 felony that is punishable by a sentence of four to 15 years, followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.
Posted Jan. 27, 2015