Rockford, Illinois News

Rockford man sent to prison in woman’s overdose death

ROCKFORD — A Rockford man was sentenced to more than a dozen years in prison Thursday for a woman’s overdose death, Winnebago County State’s Attorney Marilyn Hite Ross announced.

Willie Walton, 47, received 12 1/2 years behind bars after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and five years after pleading guilty to delivery of a controlled substance. The sentences will be served concurrently.

Walton’s sentence stems from an investigation that began July 28, 2017, when Rockford officers responded to the 1300 block of 15th Avenue, where they located the body of a female in the beginning stages of decomposition.

Toxicology reports showed the woman had cocaine and fentanyl in her blood. She died from adverse effects of polysubstance toxicity. Walton delivered the drugs to the victim.

Second-degree murder is Class 1 felony, punishable by four to 15 years in prison with an extended term of 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.

Delivery of a controlled substance is a Class 2 felony with a sentencing range of three to seven years in prison with an extended term of 14 years.

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