UPDATE: Man Sentenced to 48 Months Probation

By: From the Winn. Co. State's Attorney's Office
By: From the Winn. Co. State's Attorney's Office

UPDATE: A Rockford man who admitted to being involved in a 2008 murder has been sentenced.

William Moore Jr. has been sentenced to 48 months probation for both charges of armed robbery and conspiracy to commit murder charges.

He has already served 1,128 days in jail.

UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A Rockford man admits he was involved in a 2008 murder. Today William Moore Jr. pled guilty to armed robbery and conspiracy to commit murder charges. Police arrested him in connection with the murder of 25 year old Kevin Vega. Vega was found dead in his car on Central Avenue.

You may recall, Will Robinson Jr. was also charged in connection with that crime. But Judge Joseph McGraw threw out the case against him in 2011. Judge McGraw said there wasn’t enough evidence to link him to the murder.

Moore will be sentenced on July 11, 2013 at 1:30pm.

ROCKFORD (WCSA) - A man charged in a November 2008 murder has been released after a defense motion to close the case was granted.

In June 2010, Will Robinson was charged in connection with the shooting death of Kevin Vega on November 29, 2008. Robinson was charged in Winnebago County Circuit Court with First Degree Murder, Conspiracy to Commit First Degree Murder, Attempted Armed Robbery, Conspiracy to Commit Armed Robbery and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon by a Felon.

Robinson’s bench trial began on April 25, 2011 and on April 26, 2011, a defense motion for directed verdicts at the close of the State’s case was heard and granted as to all counts. Judge Joseph McGraw ruled that there was no evidence linking Robinson to Vega’s death or of his possession of a weapon. Further, there was no evidence of an attempted armed robbery, let alone Robinson’s participation in such an offense.

June 18, 2010 story:

In November of 2008, police found 25-year-old Kevin Vega in a car in the 1000 block of Central Avenue, shot in the head.

On June 9th, Rockford police arrested 18-year-old William Moore after receiving a tip through Crime Stoppers. He's now being held in the Winnebago County Jail.

Then on Thursday, detectives went to the Centrallia Correctional Institute, near St. Louis, and served 20-year-old Will Robinson Jr., with a First Degree Murder warrant.

Robinson was being held on an unrelated charge.

Dec 1, 2008 story:

The Winnebago County Coroner's office has released the name of a Rockford man who was found dead with a gunshot wound over the weekend.
Twenty-five year-old Kevin Vega of Rockford was found in a car in the 1000 block of N. Central Ave. Satuday night.
Authorities say Vega suffered a gun shot wound to the head. If you have any information contact Rockford Area Crime Stoppers:

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  • by Marcus Location: rockford on May 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM
    Here is the story. Joe Bruscato and the State's Attorney's office don't seem to dismiss cases where there is little or no evidence against the accused. There are several such cases pending right now. These people have been arrested, charged and have suffered and Bruscato and his people apparently just don't care. Instead, we taxpayers end up footing the bill for prosecutions that should have been dropped long ago!!! This seems to happen more in Winn county than even Chicago.
  • by Renee Location: Rockford on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    It took two years for NO Evidence to free this man? So much for innocent until proven guilty.
  • by Really? on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:22 PM
    You mean to tell me that our state's attorney is so stupid that he could not tell that there was no evidence. Not "enough" but NO EVIDENCE. Man were are doomed. No wonder the criminals run wild on this guys watch. They shoot now, under Logli the drunks got to drive. Depending on who they worked for of course
  • by Darb on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    What? A false arrest in Rockford? No freaking way. Has this ever happened in Illinois? Oh wait..Alan Beaman! This state is pretty bad. That means thew real killers have been running around now for years. Nice work boy :( At least they didn't fake the evidence like they did to Alan Beaman.
  • by Proof reader. on Apr 26, 2011 at 06:32 PM
    Man charged in 2010 murder released, should be: Man charged in 2010 for a 2008 murder released.
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