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Rockford man charged in shooting death of his sister

Update: Marquavis Tate turned himself in to police Monday, March 4. He posted bond and is awaiting trial.

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man is wanted on three charges, including involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of his sister last fall.

Authorities say last Sept. 19, Marquavis Tate discharged a gun inside a small residence in the 2300 block of Clover Avenue and accidentally shot his sister, 16-year-old Marshawna Williams, in the chest. She later died.

Tate has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm without a valid firearm owner’s identification card. He is at large.

Williams was a student at Jefferson High School.

Involuntary manslaughter is a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to 14 years in prison.  Reckless discharge of a firearm is a Class 4 felony with a sentencing range of one to three years. Possession of a firearm without a FOID is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year a year in jail or probation. R.

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