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Rockford man sentenced to 7 years in prison for threatening domestic violence victim

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was sentenced to seven in prison for threatening a domestic violence victim into dropping charges against him.

Dolan Purnell, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of unlawful communication with a witness in January. He was sentenced Tuesday by Judge Randy Wilt.

Purnell’s conviction stems from two domestic violence incidents involving the same victim. He was charged with aggravated domestic battery Sept. 14, 2017. He bonded out of jail and was arrested Oct. 24 and charged with the same offense. A few days later, he threatened and attempted to bribed the victim into filing affidavits to drop the charges. Purnell was under court order to have any contact with the victim at the time.

Unlawful communication with a witness is a Class 3 felony punishable by two to five years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of mandatory supervised release. Because of Purnell’s criminal history, he was eligible for an extended term of up to 10 years. R.

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