ROCKFORD (WREX) -
Tronte Pickett, 20, has pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the September 2013 death of Jordan Bounsinh.
According to a news release from Winnebago County State's Attorney Joe Bruscato, Pickett pleaded guilty Monday in front of the Honorable Judge Rosemary Collin.
Bounsinh was shot Sept. 21, 2013 at a Mobil gas station at 1344 E. State Street. An investigation showed two men had an argument inside the station, which then continued outside where shots were fired. Officers found several spent 9 mm shell casings but Bounsinh was not there. A friend, who was with Bounsinh at the time, took him to SwedishAmerican hospital where he later died.
Several witnesses identified Pickett as the person who shot Bounsinh.
Pickett has prior felony convictions for robbery and possession of a controlled substance. He was on parole at the time of this murder.
Second degree murder is a Class 1 felony that is punishable by either probation or 4-20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Pickett is not eligible for probation because of his prior criminal record.
Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. Aug. 25 in courtroom 478 front of Judge Collins.