Rockford, Illinois News

Charged announced in Rockford homicide, suspect jailed in Florida

ROCKFORD – Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross and Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea, on Thursday, announced charges in the death of a teen.

Donterrius L. Barnett, 35, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 16-year-old Jamie L. Rogers, who was found dead in on the city’s west side in 2017.

At 7:49 a.m., June 14, of that year, Rockford officers located Rogers’ body in the alley behind 928 Kent St. An autopsy determined he died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.

Authorities say Rogers had developed a friendship with Barnett.

First-degree murder is a Class M felony, punishable by 20-60 years
in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by three years of parole. Barnett faces a possible extended term of 45 years to life behind bars.

Barnett is also charged with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon, a Class 3 felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison.  He’s currently jailed on robbery charges in Miami-Dade County, Florida.

Barnett will be extradited back to Illinois, where he will be held on a $1 million bond.