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UPDATED: Rockford man gets 165 years in prison for murder

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UPDATE:
Cole was sentenced on two counts of First Degree Murder, four counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Mob Action, and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.

The break down of Cole's sentencing is as follows:

  • Count 1 & 3 - First Degree Murder - 50 years concurrent (100% to be served)
  • Counts 4-7 - Attempted  First Degree Murder - 25 years per count, consecutive to each other and First Degree Murder
  • Count 12 - Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm - 15 years consecutive to Attempted Murder and First Degree Murder charges, Attempted Murder and Aggravated Discharge of a Firearm (85% to be served)
  • Count 19 - Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon - 14 years (50% to be served)
  • Count 23 - Mob Action - 6 years (50% to be served)
  • Counts 19 & 23 are both concurrent to all other charges

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PREVIOUSLY:
A man is sentenced for a Rockford murder, even though he's not the one who police say fired the deadly shot.

Charles Spivey was killed at a party back in January of 2011.  Three men, Lamont Cole, Antwan Maxey and Clifford Horton were charged with murder.  The charges against Maxey were dropped after a judge ruled his first amendment rights were violated.  Police say Maxey is the one who killed Spivey and that Horton and Cole were with him at the time. 

During his trial, prosecutors argued that Cole showed up to the party with a gun and fired shots into the crowd. Even though his bullet did not hit Spivey, prosecutors argued he Cole was just as guilty in helping to cause the actions that led to his death. Five other people were also injured.

The defense argued Cole was not in attendance at the party and no witnesses were able to pick him out of a lineup. According to the defense, the only person able to place Cole at the party was a relative of Spivey's that came forward days later.

Cole was convicted and sentenced to a total of 165 years in prison.  The case against Horton is pending

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