Former Freeport Man Convicted of Retaliation

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A former Freeport man was convicted yesterday of witness retaliation by a Federal Jury in U.S. District Court in Rockford following a two-day jury trial.

Damon Rucker, 36, was found guilty of causing bodily injury to a witness on December 20, 2012, with intent to retaliate against the witness for testifying against Rucker in federal court.

According to the indictment and evidence at trial, Rucker was initially convicted in federal court in Rockford on July 31, 2012, having pleaded guilty to a drug trafficking crime. A co-defendant, who also pled guilty in that case agreed to cooperate with the government and testified against Rucker during his sentencing hearing.

On December 20, 2012, Rucker slammed the witness’s head against a concrete wall while both were in custody with intent to retaliate against the co-defendant for testifying. At the time, the victim was in process of being transported to a different jail and was in hand and leg shackles. Rucker was not shackled at the time.

Rucker faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison, in addition to a term of supervised release of up to 5 years following his imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for July 30th, 2013.

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