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Rockford man found guilty in home invasion

Casimir Williams
Casimir Williams

A Rockford man was found guilty Tuesday of three Class X felonies relating to a home invasion in Hillcrest almost two years ago.

Ogle County State’s Attorney Eric Morrow announced that Casimir Williams, 20, was found guilty of home invasion, aggravated battery, and armed robbery after a three-day bench trial before Judge Robert T. Hanson.

The charges stem from an incident that occurred on Jan. 24, 2017 when deputies were called to a residence in Hillcrest where they found that a male victim had suffered serious injuries from a gunshot. 

During their investigation, detectives discovered the victim was shot as part of a robbery involving the sale of cannabis. 

Williams’ co-defendants Rayvon Motton and Eddie Blaylock, both of Rockford, were also subsequently charged with home invasion, aggravated battery, and armed robbery. 

Motton and Blaylock remain in custody and their cases are pending in Ogle County Court.

Class X felonies are punishable by six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. 

Due to the use of a firearm in these crimes, a mandatory 15-year enhancement applies to the charges of armed robbery and home invasion.

Hanson set Williams’ sentencing hearing for Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. He is being held in the Ogle County Jail.