UPDATE: Man Sentenced in Beating Death

Dusty Ball -- 2014
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UPDATE: One of the men convicted in the beating death of 53-year-old Bobby Boyd will spend the next 20 years in prison. Dusty Ball was sentenced today.

Police say he and Kevin Sago severely beat Boyd in October of 2010 on South Pierpont Avenue.

Boyd lived in a nursing home for six months before he passed away.

Rockford (WIFR) -- Eight months after being severely beaten in an assault, a Rockford man is believed to have died from his injuries.

According to the Winnebago County Coroner's Office, Bobby Boyd, 53, was pronounced dead at a local nursing home on Wednesday, April 27.

On October 16, 2010, Boyd suffered severe head trauma when he was was beaten in the 700 Block of South Pierpont Avenue. Once Boyd was discharged from the hospital he was admitted to the nursing home.

The Winnebago County Coroner says he died of blunt force trauma. Police say that makes this the sixth murder in the past two weeks: the ninth of the year.

An autopsy will be performed today to determine the cause of death.

Rockford police have since arrested Dusty Ball, 31, Kevin Sago, 42. They were both charged with attempted murder. We’re told more charges could follow.

Rockford’s murder count in 2011 has tripled from just two weeks ago.

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