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Convicted murderer found guilty in 2006 Rockford murder

Franklin Lofton Franklin Lofton

A man convicted in one murder, has been found guilty in another.

Franklin D. Lofton is currently serving a 75-year sentence for the 2007 murder of Wilber Harndin and was found guilty of the 2006 murder of Tyrone Dowthard on November 7, 2012.

Dowthard was visiting a family member on West Jefferson Street on May 23, 2006. That family member says she saw a man pointing a handgun at Tyrone and saying, "Stick your hands up." She said Tyrone kind of laughed and the man said, "you heard what I said," before firing at Tyrone and running away.

A photo line-up was shown to the witness on June 4, 2007. She identified Lofton as the man who shot her relative. Lofton also made statements to others admitting he shot Dowthard during a failed robbery. Those same individuals stated Lofton had a gun similar to the one Dowthard's relative described on the night of his death.

Lofton was found guilty of three counts of First Degree Murder and additional allegation that he discharged the gun that proximately caused Dowthard's death, which made him eligible for a higher sentence.

The charges carry a normal sentence of 45 years to life, but due to Lofton's previous murder conviction, he faces mandatory natural life. He was also found guilty of attempted armed robbery, which has a sentencing range of four to fifteen years in prison.

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