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Indictment announced in Dollar Tree armed robbery

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man who police say took hostages inside an east-side discount store has been indicted by a grand jury, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Thursday.

Stanley Turner, 36, is charged with armed robbery, armed habitual offender, unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon and aggravated unlawful restraint.

Charges stem from a Feb. 10 incident at the Dollar Tree at 6340 E. State St. Authorities allege that an armed Turner entered the store and took took females employees hostage while he attempted to steal cash from the office.

Turner allowed the women to exit the store when police arrived. He, however, refused to surrender. Turner was taken into custody after an hours-long standoff when a K-9 unit found him hiding in a loft.

Armed robbery is a special Class X felony punishable by the maximum sentence of life behind bars. Armed habitual criminal is a Class X felony, punishable by a sentence of six to 30 years.

Unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon is a Class 2 felony with Class X felony sentencing. That means if convicted, Turner faces six to 30 years in prison.

Aggravated unlawful restraint is a Class 3 felony with sentencing range of two to five years.

Turner is lodged in the Winnebago County Jail. Bond is set at $500,000. He’s due in court at 9 a.m., March 9. R.

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