UPDATE: Man Sentenced in 2011 Fatal Stabbing

 ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford Police are investigating the murder of a 47-year-old man found dead in a yard in the 1800 block of South Fourth St. in Rockford.

 
Details are limited at the time, but police say he did not live at the house.
 
Police were called in around 9:15 this morning to the scene.

UPDATE: Raymond Gitchel has been sentenced to 5 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his role in a fatal stabbing.

In March, Gitchel was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the stabbing death of 47-year-old Terry Johnson in December 2011.

Gitchel will receive 508 days credit for time served.


UPDATE: Another murder case has come to a close. A jury has convicted a Rockford man for his role in a fatal stabbing. After nearly 4 hours of deliberation, Raymond Gitchel was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Gitchel stabbed 47-year-old Terry Johnson to death in December 2011, in the 1800 block of south Forth Street. Johnson was found lying in the back yard of the home.


UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Rockford Police make an arrest in the case of the man found dead on South Fourth Street.

Raymond Gitchel, 59, was taken into custody shortly after 7pm Monday night. He is accused of stabbing 47-year-old Terry Johnson. Police found Johnson Monday morning lying in the back yard of a home at 1800-block of South Fourth Street. Johnson did not live at the residence.


ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Investigators are trying to determine how a Rockford man turned up dead on someone else's lawn on the city's near-west side.

He’s identified as 47-year-old Terry Johnson. Police found his body outside this home in the 1800 block of South Fourth Street just after 9:00 this morning. Winnebago County Coroner Sue Fiduccia is trying to determine how he died and feels foul play was definitely involved. She says he moved to the Rockford area this summer and doesn't have family in the Stateline. He didn't live in the home where he was found.

This is Rockford’s 22nd murder of the year.

That’s up one from this time last year--an autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow.


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