Man Sentenced for First Degree Murder Charge After Pleading Guilty

WINNEBAGO (WIFR) – After pleading guilty to First Degree Murder, 23-year-old Cory Richardson, was sentenced to 32 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

On December 30, 2010, WCSP Emergency Communications Center received a call from a witness who stated that her boyfriend had been shot at the residence located at 2005 N. Weldon Rd. in Rockford, IL.

Deputies responded to the scene and spoke with the witness who led deputies into the living room where a man, later identified as Erick Johnson, was lying on the floor and appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Fire Rescue responded to the scene to administer first aid to Johnson and then he was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Doctors examined Johnson and found he had a single gunshot wound to the chest. Johnson died at the hospital from the injury.

Through their investigation, detectives learned that Thomas Stuen and Cody Richardson drove to 2005 Weldon and parked in the driveway. Detectives learned that Richardson and Stuen then went to the front porch and kicked the door multiple times until Johnson came to the door. Detectives learned that when Johnson began to open the door a single gunshot was fired striking Johnson in the chest. Detectives learned that Richardson then entered the home and completed the robbery.

First Degree Murder is a Class M Felony with a penalty range of 20-60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Richardson must serve 100% of the sentence.

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