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Man charged in Rockford homicide

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announces charges against a man for a deadly shooting in Rockford last month.

Oct. 15, Rockford officers responded to the 4900 block of Harrison Avenue in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound on the ground outside of an apartment building. The victim, later identified as 40-year-old Robert Wash, was transported to a Rockford hospital where he was pronounced dead.

An autopsy revealed that Wash died as a result of a gunshot wound. Rockford Police Violent Crime Detectives conducted a follow up investigation that was reviewed by the Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s Office.  As a result, Eric L. Brown, 28, was charged with first-degree murder, home invasion and armed robbery.      

First-degree murder is punishable by 20-60 years in prison. Brown is is eligible for an extended term of 45 years to life, Hite Ross said in a release. 

Home invasion and armed robbery are both punishable by 6-30 years behind bars. 

Brown is currently jailed on a $5 million bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court on unrelated charges at 8:30 a.m., on Dec. 19.