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Third person charged in Winnebago County homicide

By Jim Hagerty

ROCKFORD – A third suspect has been charged in the death of a 31-year-old man whose body was found last year in rural Winnebago County, Sheriff Gary Caruana’s office announced Thursday. 

Amber N. Brewer, 27, of Janesville, Wisconsin, is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, two counts of aggravated unlawful restraint and two counts of concealment of a homicidal death.

The sheriff says charges against Brewer stem from the death of Jamie R. Stephens. who sent missing Dec. 7, 2018. His body was found in the 9200 block of Knapp Road three days later.

Nickles T. Parks, 27, 19-year-old J. Whittie, both of Rockford, were arrested earlier this year. They are charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder.

Brewer was arrested Tuesday. She’s lodged in the Rock County Jail, awaiting extradition to Illinois. 

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