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Second man sentenced to 10 years for gunfight outside CherryVale Mall

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – The second gunman involved in a shooting incident outside CherryVale Mall two years ago is headed to prison.

Jamain McFadden Jr., 22, was sentenced Tuesday, March 3, to 10 years behind bars for the offense of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

March 18, 2018, Cherry Valley Police, Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputies and Rockford Police responded to CherryVale Mall after reports of shots fired. When officers arrived, they became involved in a foot chase with McFadden and apprehended him not far from the mall. He was in possession of  a firearm.

Detectives reviewed surveillance footage from CherryVale Mall and McFadden and Marchello Johnson as suspects who had exchanged gunfire outside of the Barnes & Noble bookstore before police arrived.

Both men were later arrested. Johnson was convicted and sentenced last August to 12 years in prison for his role in the shooting.

Aggravated discharge of a firearm is a Class 1 felony, punishable four to 15 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of mandatory supervised release. McFadden must serve 85% of his sentence.

McFadden is currently lodged in the Winnebago County Jail without bond on unrelated charges. His cases are scheduled for status April 6.

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