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18-year-old pleads guilty in 2017 homicide

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – An 18-year-old man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2017 killing of a 12-year-old boy. 

Anthony Shyheem Jenkins entered the plea Tuesday in front of Judge Ronald White. He was accused of killing Donavan Ruland. Police found Ruland May 24, 2017, suffering from a gunshot wound in the area Fourth Street and 16th Avenue. Detectives conducted a follow up investigation and developed Jenkins as a suspect. Prosecutors alleged that he killed Ruland while trying to steal his ATV. 

Jenkins is scheduled for court again at 8:30 a.m., Dec. 18,  in Courtroom B at the Winnebago County Justice Center. 

First-degree murder is a Class M Felony, punishable by 20-60 years in prison.

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