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2 men charged in fatal Rockford shooting

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross, on Thursday, announced charges against two men authorities say are responsible for a fatal shooting at a Rockford apartment complex earlier this year. 

On Sept. 23, just before 8 p.m., Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to 4801 Linden Road. When deputies arrived, they were flagged down by a woman, who directed them to an area in the parking lot where they found a male victim who appeared to have been shot.

The victim was later identified as Carol Stream, Illinois, resident Anton Harris. He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A autopsy revealed Harris died as a result of a gunshot wound. Detectives conducted an investigation which was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office. Two men were charged as a result of that investigation.

Sanchez A. Curry, 26, of Machesney Park, and Devontae T. Wrancher, 25, of Rockford, were indicted by a Winnebago County grand jury. Each faces a 23-count bill of indictment that includes charges of first-degree murder, mob action and unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon.

First-degree murder is a Class M felony punishable by a sentence of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of supervised release. 

Mob action is a Class 4 felony that is punishable by an extended sentence of 1-6 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by a year of parole. 

Unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon is a Class 2 felony with special sentencing range of 3-14 years. 

Prosecutors say an extended sentence is possible for both suspects, which means they could life in prison if convicted.  R.


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