Rockford, Illinois News

Rockford man indicted in fatal crash, faces 28 years in prison

Staff Report

ROCKFORD – Charges have been authorized against a Rockford man in a 14-count indictment that stems from a fatal crash that happened earlier this year on the city’s near-east side.

Jacob C. Clingon, 27, is charged with 12 counts of aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death and two counts of reckless homicide.

March 16, officers with the Rockford Police Department were called to investigate a single-vehicle traffic crash in the 2100 block of 16th Street. United States Marine Sgt. Matthew Benson and Andrew Benson were pronounced dead at the scene. Prosecutors say Clingon was the driver.

Aggravated driving under the influence resulting in death is a Class 2 felony punishable by six to 28 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of parole. Reckless homicide is a Class 3 felony with a sentencing range of two to five years in prison.