UPDATE: Man Pleads Guilty in 2012 Freeport Murder

 A Freeport man admits to murdering a woman at a party two years ago.

Lashawn Thurmond (L) and Cedric Winston (R).

UPDATE: FREEPORT (WIFR) – A Freeport man admits to murdering a woman at a party two years ago.

Lashawn Thurman pleaded guilty to second degree murder in Stephenson County court today. He and another man were accused of shooting a woman to death at a party on South Oak Avenue in 2012.

48-year-old Victoria Strong died a week later. Thurman will serve 20 years in prison.


UPDATE: FREEPORT (WIFR) – A grand jury has indicted two men on murder charges in connection to the September 2012 death of a Freeport woman.

38-year-old Lashawn Thurman and 31-year-old Cedric Winston both face multiple charges including first degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession by a felon.

The two are accused of shooting their guns at a party in the 1300 block of South Oak Avenue. 48-year-old Victoria Strong was shot in the leg and died at Rockford Memorial Hospital a week later. The indictment does not indicate which suspect fired the fatal shot, but under the law, both can be charged with first-degree murder.


UPDATE: FREEPORT (WIFR) – Police in Freeport say they know who shot and killed a Freeport woman around this time last year.

38-year-old Lashawn Thurman has been charged in the murder of Victoria Strong. Police say she was shot in the leg at a party on South Oak Avenue in September of 2012 and later died of her injuries. Thurman is actually already in an Iowa prison for a drug related crime. He’ll be extradited to Stephenson County in the next couple of months to stand trial.


FREEPORT (WIFR) -- The Stephenson County State's Attorney's Office is waiting to file charges in the death of a Freeport woman.

Police say Victoria Strong, 48, was shot in the leg during a party on South Oak Avenue, this was back on September 23. She died at Rockford Memorial Hospital a week later, although the coroner is investigating the cause of her death. No charges have been filed.


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