ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- A Rockford man accused of holding a gun to a woman's head during a violent home invasion is heading to prison.
Marcell Norris, 26, was sentenced Monday to 27 years with three years on parole. Prosecutors say back in April 2013 Norris and another suspect broke into a home in the 2300 of South Sixth Street and stole two laptops, while holding the homeowner at gun point. A neighbor watched the home invasion happen and called police. Norris will get credit for the 245 days he's served in jail.
26-year-old Marcell Norris has been found guilty of charges of Home Invasion, Armed Robbery, Resisting a Peace Officer and Possession of Cannabis.
On April 29, 2013, Rockford Police responded to the 2300 block of S. 6th Street. Upon arrival in the area, they were flagged down by a citizen who pointed to a woman who said her house had been broken into. She told police that she was in her home when two suspects broke in through her front door, pointed guns at her and asked for money. One of the suspects continued to hold a gun to her head, while the other walked about the house. The second suspect took two laptop computers from the residence and left the area. A neighbor of the victim had observed a black SUV in the alley just prior to this incident. The neighbor found the vehicle to be suspicious so continued watching it while calling 911.
The neighbor observed two subjects get out of the vehicle and approach one of the houses. A short time later, those two subjects came running back to the vehicle, got in and left the area, as the neighbor continued to give information to the 911 operator. A Rockford police officer saw the suspect vehicle as it was leaving the area, and followed it to the 1700 block of Kishwaukee St. where it stopped. Three occupants fled from the vehicle at that time. Officers chased after the subjects and Marcell Norris was apprehended a few minutes later. The victim identified Norris as the intruder who pointed a small handgun at her and took her laptop computers. The neighbor also identified Norris as one of the persons he saw exit the SUV a short time prior to the offense, then run back to the SUV after the offense was committed.
Home Invasion and Armed Robbery are both Class X Felonies with a sentencing range of 6-30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Because Norris was armed with a firearm, there will be an additional 15 years added to his sentence. Resisting a Police Officer is a Class A misdemeanor with a possible sentence of up to 1 year in jail. Possession of Cannabis is a Class B misdemeanor, with a possible sentence of up to 6 months in jail.
Norris will be sentenced on December 30th, 2013.
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- On April 29th, 2013 shortly after 9:30 AM, members of the Rockford Police Department responded to an address in the 2300 block of S. 6th Street in reference to a possible Burglary in progress.
Prior to arriving at the scene, officers were informed a possible suspect vehicle was a dark colored sport utility vehicle. Officers located a dark colored sport utility vehicle in the area. Officers stopped the vehicle in the 1700 block of Kishwaukee Street and the occupants fled on foot from the vehicle. One of the suspects was taken into custody. A green plant material believed to be cannabis and a firearm were recovered during the investigation.
Officers learned the incident in question was a Home Invasion which occurred in the 2300 block of 7th Street. Property taken from the Home Invasion was recovered from the dark colored sport utility vehicle. The following suspect was charged:
Marcell D. Norris, 25 years of age, Rockford, Illinois
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
Violation of the Cannabis Control Act, possession with the intent to deliver cannabis
Norris was lodged in the Winnebago County jail.