Former Freeport man found guilty of witness retaliation - – Rockford’s News Leader

Former Freeport man found guilty of witness retaliation


A former Freeport resident was convicted by a federal jury Tuesday of causing bodily injury to a witness last December.

Authorities say 36-year-old Damon Rucker injured the witness with the intent to retaliate them for testifying against Rucker in court.

Rucker was convicted in federal court on July 31, 2012 after pleading guilty to a drug trafficking crime. A co-defendant in that case, who also pleaded guilty, cooperated with the government and testified against Rucker during his sentencing.

On December 20 of that year, Rucker slammed the witness' head against a concrete wall while they were both in custody. At the time, the witness was about to transferred to a different jail and was in hand and leg shackles. Rucker was not shackled.

Rucker faces a sentence of up to 40 years in prison and a term of supervised release of up to five years after his release. He also faces a fine of up to $250,000. His sentencing is scheduled for July 30, 2013.


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