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Man sentenced to 20 years for Rockford home invasion


Staff Report

ROCKFORD – A Rockford man was sentenced to prison for a home invasion that occurred on the city’s south side last year, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced Friday.

Christopher S. Walker, 46, was sentenced Thursday to 20 years behind bars after pleaded guilty to one count of home invasion in July as part of an open plea agreement. He was initially charged with four counts of home invasion and one count of armed robbery. 

Hite Ross’s office said those charges stem an incident on Aug. 14, 2018, when Rockford police officers met with a man who told them he was inside a home in the 2800 Block of Lapey Street with Walker when two armed women forced their way in and demanded money. During a follow-up investigation, detectives learned Walker worked with the women to orchestrate the home invasion. 

Home Invasion is a Class X felony punishable by a sentence of six to 30 years in the Illinois
Department of Corrections. Walker must serve 50% of his sentence and serve a mandatory three-year term on parole. 

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