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Rockford man pleads guilty to second-degree murder

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – A Rockford man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for a homicide that occurred four years ago on the city’s near-east side. 

William Laboy Fontanez, 32, pleaded guilty Wednesday in the death of 19-year-old Alonzo Garuno.

May 28, 2015, Rockford officers responded to a business at 1435 Broadway after receiving reports of a stabbing. Officers located Garuno , who appeared to be suffering from a stab wound. He was transported to a Rockford hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Detectives conducted a follow-up investigation and developed Fontanez as a suspect. Fontanez was subsequently indicted by a grand jury on four counts of first-degree murder and aggravated battery. 

Second-degree murder is a Class 1 felony punishable by four to 20 years in the
Illinois Department of Corrections.

Fontanez is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m., Dec. 20, in Courtroom A of the Winnebago County Justice Center.

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