UPDATE: Man Sentenced for Attempted Murder in 2013 Home Invasions

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UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) – One of two men responsible for the brutal beating of two elderly couples learns his fate.

Coreyon Brown will spend the next 57 years in prison for breaking into several homes and attempting to murder the people inside back in 2013.

Brown showed no emotion as Judge Fernando Engelsma read his sentence. The 19-year-old sent both families apology letters, but based off of repeat offenses and his criminal past, the judge says he sees no remorse in Brown.

In the spring of 2013, Coreyon Brown and another man entered the homes of John and Colleen Holmbeck and Roger and Kay Schramm, beat them, and left them for dead. Roger Schramm is now blind in one of his eyes and both couples say they’ve been robbed of their security.

Judge Engelsma was noticeably disturbed as he recalled all of that testimony today saying that Brown is likely to repeat the offense and the victims defied insurmountable odds to survive.

Brown is guilty on charges including attempted murder, armed robbery, as well as aggravated animal cruelty because he killed the Schramm’s two Burmese Mountain dogs. If brown serves his full 57-year sentence, he would be in his late 70’s.

The other man linked to these crimes, Cortez Brown, is facing the same 16 counts and will be in court tomorrow for a status hearing.

UPDATE: Coreyon Brown has pleaded guilty to attempted first degree murder and aggravated cruelty to animals for two home invasions in 2013.

19-year-old Coreyon Brown and 21-year-old Cortez Brown are accused of breaking into a home on Imperial Oaks Drive in Rockford and another on Favor Road in Rockton. During both robberies, the homeowners were hurt.

Coreyon Brown's sentencing date is scheduled for October 22nd, 2014. Cortez Brown is expected to be in court again September 16, 2014.

WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- The suspects accused of brutally attacking and burglarizing two elderly couples face a judge for the first time today.

Three teenagers were arrested over the weekend in connection with both crimes, two of those three teens could spend the rest of their lives in prison if they're convicted of the home invasions on Imperial Oaks Drive and Favor Road.

The Winnebago County State's Attorney's office says because the victims could have died, the charges Coreyon and Cortez Brown face carry a sentence of life in prison.

One of the homeowners they're accused of beating was at today's hearing. He wore dark sunglasses to cover the bruises around his eyes, and has some deep gashes on his head.

Police say Coreyon and Cortez Brown beat him and his wife with the back of a rifle while breaking into their home.

They're also accused of shooting Jack Holmbeck in the leg and hurting his wife Colleen at their home on Imperial Oaks Drive.

The judge set bond for Coreyon and Cortez Brown at $5-million. Bond is $3,000 for 19 year-old Monique Kimble, who is charged with having or receiving stolen property.

All three will be back in court on May 30th.

UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) – Below is a press release from the State's Attorney's Office concerning arrests made in two recent home invasions in Winnebago County.


Winnebago County State’s Attorney Joe Bruscato announced today that Coreyon Brown, age 18, Cortez Brown, age 19 and Monique Kimble, age 19 have been arrested in reference to recent home invasions; specifically, April 25th on Imperial Oaks Drive and May 2nd on Favor Road.

With reference to the events of April 25, 2013 on Imperial Oaks Drive, a nine count information has been filed against both Coreyon Brown and Cortez Brown. The charges are as follows:

• One Count - Home Invasion (Class X Felony)
• One Count - Home Invasion/Discharge Firearm (Class X Felony)
• Three Counts - Attempt Murder (Class X Felony)
• One Count - Aggravated Battery (Class X Felony)
• One Count - Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony)
• One Count - Armed Robbery (Class 1 Felony)
• One Count – Aggravated Unlawful Restraint (Class 3 Felony)

With reference to the events of May 2, 2013 on Favor Road, a seven count information has been filed against both Coreyon Brown and Cortez Brown. The charges are as follows:

• One Count - Home Invasion (Class X Felony)
• Two Counts - Attempt Murder (Class X Felony)
• One Count - Residential Burglary (Class 1 Felony)
• One Count - Armed Robbery (Class 1 Felony)
• Two Count – Aggravated Animal Cruelty (Class 4 Felony)

Detectives from the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department and the Rockford Police Department worked jointly to develop the case that led to the arrests of the suspects. At this time the Sheriff’s Department and Rockford Police Department continue to work the investigation. While it is believed that all involved have been apprehended, the possibility of other leads, arrests or charges is not foreclosed at this time.

The cooperation of multiple agencies should be noted. In addition to the Sheriff’s Department and the Rockford Police Department, contributing efforts by the United State’s Marshall Service and the Illinois Department of Corrections must be mentioned.

In additions to charges listed, Coreyon Brown was also detained in reference to an arrest warrant out of Green Bay, Wisconsin and for Parole Violations in Illinois.

UPDATE: WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- Investigators tell us the three suspects in custody are charged with the two most recent home invasions in the area involving violence to two separate elderly couples.

We will update you with more information as we learn more.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A former Rockford School Board president is out of the hospital tonight after a violent home invasion leaves her husband in serious condition.

“It doesn’t happen here, it happens somewhere else.”

The crime scene tape has been removed from Jack and Colleen Holmbeck’s Imperial Oaks home, however the fear that filled this neighborhood, doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon.

“It’s one thing to break into the house, it’s another thing to do bodily harm to people and have no reason for it.”

Police say that reason appears to be a crime of opportunity, yet a random attack on the couple in their mid-to-late 70’s. Investigators say two teenagers broke into the home Thursday afternoon and ended up shooting Jack and sending his wife to the hospital. Colleen says they’re lucky to be alive.

“Think about it, at one in the afternoon someone is terrorized like they did. Can you walk outside and cut your grass? No?” said neighbor Jim Novack.

Jim Novack lives nearby and says the violent attack has become motivation to re-kindle his neighborhood group called “Concerned Citizens Against Crime”.

“This is a serious situation that we have to approach of helping the Police Department out,” said Novack.
As the police department searches for leads, the quiet neighborhood wants life to return to what it was before 1 p.m. Thursday.

Police describe the suspects as two black teens who were last seen in a white sedan with chrome wheels. The victims are known for their generosity to our community and have donated a lot of time and money into our community in the past.

For residents that would like to attend the Concerned Citizens Against Crime meeting, it will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30th at the Cor Mariae Center located at 3330 Maria Linden Dr, in Rockford.

ROCKFORD (WIFR) – A horrifying situation for an elderly Rockford couple. Police say two teenagers tried to break into their home in broad daylight and started shooting at them when they realized the couple was home.

It happened around 1:00 today at a home on Imperial Oakes Drive, which is on the city’s northeast side. We’re told a man in his 70’s was shot in the leg and both he and his wife were taken to the hospital and expected to be okay.

We’re told some things were stolen. Police aren't confirming who the victims are at this time, but neighbors say the man is a former stockbroker and his wife is a former Rockford School Board president.

Neighbors say it’s a shock to see this happening in their quiet neighborhood.

"It’s a very scary, very scary thought you know this is a quiet, nice neighborhood. and we've lived here for a while and the neighbors there have lived here for a long long time, so very scary, especially in the middle of the day,” said neighbor Tom Delamater.

Police need our help to find the suspects. They’re described as two black teens, last seen driving a white sedan with chrome wheels. If you have any information, you’re asked to call Rockford Crimestoppers.

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