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30 years in prison for man guilty of Craigslist armed robbery

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Wednesday that Denzel D. Reid, 23, was sentenced to a total of 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for a 2015 armed robbery.

Reid was found guilty after a jury trial in April. Charges against him stemmed from an incident that unfolded Sept. 24, 2015. That’s when Rockford Police officers responded to the area of 3100 Chateau Court for a possible aggravated battery complaint. When they arrived, officers discovered blood in the roadway then located a shooting victim arrived at a Rockford hospital.

During the course of their investigation, Rockford detectives learned the victim responded to a Craigslist ad and arranged to meet the defendant, identified as Denzel Reid, to purchase a cellphone. During the exchange, Reid pulled out handgun and demanded the victim’s money. When the victim refused to comply, Reid shot him. The victim drove himself to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Armed robbery is a Class X felony that is punishable by a sentence of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of Mandatory Supervised Release. The defendant was sentenced to 10 years in the department of corrections, plus an additional 20 years because the jury found that the allegation that Reid personally discharged a firearm during the commission of the crime. The sentenced will served at 85 percent. R.


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