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Man sentenced to Natural Life for 2006 Rockford murder

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ROCKFORD (WREX) -

A 28-year-old man will spend the rest of his life in jail for the 2006 murder of Tyrone Dowthard.

Franklin D. Lofton was sentenced to Natural Life in prison and will serve 100 percent of that sentence.

Police say Lofton killed Dowthard on May 23, 2006. Dowthard was visiting a relative on West Jefferson Street. The relative said she was sitting on the porch with Dowthard and a friend. When she went inside to close the windows, she saw a small framed man pointing a silver gun at Dowthard.

The relative told police she heard the man tell Dowthard to put his hands up, but Dowthard "kind of" laughed. The man said "you heard what I said" before shooting Dowthard and running away. Lofton was picked out of a photo lineup by the relative on June 4, 2007.

Lofton also made statements to other people saying he shot Dowthard during a failed robbery and those people indicated Lofton had a silver gun on the night of May 23.

Lofton was found guilty of three counts of First Degree Murder with the allegation that he fired the shot that ultimately caused Dowthard's death. He was also found guilty of Attempted Armed Robbery.

Lofton is also currently serving a 75 year sentence for the 2007 murder of Wilber Harndin.

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