Updated: November 17, 2016
UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Thirty months’ probation is the sentence a judge hands down to a Rockford woman accused of shooting and killing a 13-year-old boy who was trying to break into her home.
Alonha Mack faced obstructing justice charges after admitting she lied to police about shooting 13-year-old Gaillen Baker in September 2015. Mack told investigators she fired several gun shots out her kitchen window at whoever was trying to break in.
She told police she then left her home and threw the gun in the Rock River and when she came back, she realized someone had been shot.
Rockford Police say they determined that was a lie and that Mack was at work at the time of the shooting. She was also facing unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and other charges. Those were dropped in exchange for a guilty plea.
Updated: October 5, 2016
UPDATE: ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – The woman who Rockford Police say shot and killed a 13-year-old boy trying to break into a home last year pleads guilty to a charge of obstructing justice.
According to investigators, convicted felon Alonha Mack, who shouldn’t have had a gun, shot 13-year-old Gaillen Baker in the head, killing him. Mack claims the teen was trying to burglarize a home in the 2300 block of 15th Avenue in September 2015. All other charges, including unlawful use of a weapon have been dropped against Mack.
She is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
Updated: February 10, 2016
UPDATE: The woman who police say shot and killed a 13-year-old boy trying to break into a home last September pleads not guilty.
According to Police, Alonha Mack is a convicted felon who was not even supposed to have a gun. Police say she shot the teenage boy in the head in the 2300 block of 15th Avenue in September following an attempted burglary.
She faces an unlawful use of a weapon charge. Mack is expected to appear in court again in March.
Updated: September 21, 2015
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Coroner's Office says 13-year-old Gaillen Baker died due to a gunshot wound to the head.
Police say Baker was shot and killed Friday while allegedly trying to burglarize a house in the 2300 block of 15th Avenue.
The woman who was inside that house and is accused of shooting the gun is in jail. 29-year-old Alonha Mack is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Police say she fired at least one shot. Officers say Mack is a convicted felon and did not have a valid FOID card.
Updated: September 19, 2015
ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- While police continue to investigate an attempted burglary that ended with the death of a Rockford teenager, his family and friends held a vigil in his memory.
Dozens of loved ones came out to the corner of Sabelwood Drive and Catham lane to pay their respects for 13-year-old Gaillen Baker, who was shot and killed in what Rockford police are calling, “a burglary gone wrong.”
"I miss him, I love him, and he'll always be in my heart. He didn't deserve it and I want to thank everyone for being here," says Gaillen's Brother, Nasiirr Williams.
A vigil was held at the home of one of baker's friends. There were posters, candles, and plenty of tears. Baker's family says Gaillen was a good kid, but was caught up with the wrong crowd. Police say he was a part of the group that attempted to rob a home in the 2300 block of 15th Avenue on Friday afternoon. His family, however, says their loved one didn't deserve to be shot.
“He didn't even burglarize the house. It wasn't him that did it. It was two, three other people that did it, but for some reason because he got shot they wanna say he was the burglar. They wanna say he was coming to hit the house because he got shot. What about them other dudes that came to hit the house? Don't leave them out. So, I'm just very pissed off and I'm going to get justice,” says Gaillen’s mom, Samantha Baker.
“I just don't understand why people wanna take his life and I don't know,” says Gaillen’s grandma, Lavern Woods.
Police say they found Baker lying in the front yard with an apparent gunshot wound and that he died at the scene.
Meanwhile, the woman who police say was inside that house and shot the gun is in jail. Alonha Mack is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Police say she fired at least one shot. Officers say Mack is a convicted felon and did not have a valid FOID card. The others involved in the attempted burglary have not yet been arrested.
Updated: September 19, 2015
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The woman who police believe shot and killed 13-year-old Gaillen Baker in what police call a "burglary gone wrong," has been arrested.
29-year-old Alonha Mack is charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon. Rockford Police say Mack is a convicted felon and does not have a valid FOID card.
Posted: September 18, 2015
UPDATE: ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Coroner's Office has identified the teen who was shot and killed while allegedly trying to burglarize a house in the 2300 block of 15th Avenue.
He's identified as 13-year-old Gaillen Baker.
Baker was found lying in the yard with an apparent gunshot wound.
Posted: September 18, 2015
ROCKFORD (WIFR) – Police believe a teen was shot to death while he was trying to burglarize a house in the 2300 block of 15th Avenue.
It happened around noon on Friday. Police say when they responded, they found the teen dead outside the property.
Officers say someone inside the house fired the fatal shot.
We will continue to update you as we learn more.