UPDATE: Woman Sentenced for Role in 2011 Death

UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Jennifer Thomas has been sentenced after admitting to her role in the 2011 death of a Rockford man.

Thomas was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges in December 2012.

In January 2011, Rockford Police responded to a drug overdose call in the 1800 block of Melrose Street and found Zachary Dunn unresponsive. Dunn later died at a local hospital. Both Thomas and another man, Delano Freeman faced several charges concerning Dunn's death.

Freeman pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter charges in August 2012 and was sentenced to five years in prison.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- In January, Rockford Police responded to a drug overdose call in the 1800 block of Melrose Street and found Zachary Dunn unresponsive--he later died at a local hospital.

Rockford Police Department Detectives conducted follow up investigation on the incident. The facts of the case were reviewed with the Winnebago County States Attorney’s Office who authorized the charges of First Degree Murder, Drug Induced Homicide and Conspiracy to Distribute Heroin on Delano M. Freeman, 28, of Rockford and Jennifer N. Thomas, 27, of Ashville, North Carolina. Arrest warrants were obtained for both individuals.

On August 25th, Thomas was taken into custody in Ashville, North Carolina. Freeman was arrested on the warrant in the Winnebago County Jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges.


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