Man found guilty in 2021 murder in Rockford

Charles Beacham, 29, Rockford -Aggravated Battery with a Firearm
Charles Beacham, 29, Rockford -Aggravated Battery with a Firearm(Winnebago County Inmate List)
Published: Feb. 10, 2023 at 12:15 PM CST
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Charles Beacham, 31, was convicted Thursday of first-degree murder in a jury trial.

Prosecutors showed that in the early morning hours of June 2, 2021, on the 1500 block of Meadow Court in Rockford, Beacham shot 29-year-old Jaz Smith while sitting in a vehicle outside of a party.

Smith was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries where he later died.

Beacham faces up to 60 years in prison plus another 25 years for using a firearm to commit murder.