Rockford man sentenced to 90 years for killing Owen Township resident, dog

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man will spend the next 90 years behind bars for killing an Owen Township man and his dog in 2015.

Delano Foreman, 31, was sentenced Thursday to 60 years for first-degree murder; 20 years for burglary; and 10 years for concealing a homicide. He also received a total of six years on charges of home invasion, arson and aggravated cruelty to animals. The sentences will run concurrently.

Foreman was found guilty in June. In July 2015, he shot and killed 67-year-old Henry Murphy and his golden retriever, Shelby, during a robbery. He then set three fires inside the home.

“Your actions show a complete disregard for human life,” Judge Ronald White told Foreman in court Thursday.”You had the opportunity to change your mind. You had [the victim] targeted. I don’t know why. Only you know why.”

Foreman was initially charged with 30 counts of first-degree murder after Winnebago County investigators found items belonging to Henry Murphy in his house.

“Although we are deeply saddened by the loss of our father and brother Henry Murphy, we feel justice was served early this morning and would like to thank the jurors, the court, the fine men and women of the local first responders and anyone who had anything to do with solving this case,” Murphy’s son, Jesse Murphy, said in a statement after Foreman was found guilty on 16 counts of murder.

Foreman claimed police persuaded two drug dealers to help frame him for Murphy’s murder. Neither man has been charged. However, one of them is facing prison time in an unrelated case. Foreman is represented by Assistant Public Defender Erin Hannigan. R. 


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