Rockford man gets life in prison for murder of Ashley Hardin

Published: Dec. 19, 2022 at 1:44 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 19, 2022 at 6:04 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A Rockford man is sentenced to life in prison for murdering his ex-girlfriend.

46-year-old Rayshawn Smith pleaded guilty on October 12 to shooting 38-year-old Ashley Hardin of Rockford.

According to court documents, Smith waived his right to be present during the sentencing on Thursday.

Family members read victim impact statements in court before the judge handed down a sentence of 60 years for the first-degree murder charge and natural life for the firearm enhancement.

Police found Hardin’s body on July 23 on East Rockton Road in Roscoe, Ill. Smith was taken into custody that day as a suspect in her murder.