UPDATE: CherryVale Mall Shooter Suspect Sentenced

23-year-old Donald Ashford sentenced for related shooting incident

ROCKFORD - A man accused of a shooting at CherryVale Mall is sentenced to 12 years in prison for a shooting incident related to his attemped escape from police.

23-year-old Donald Ashford was sentenced on Aggravated Discharge of a Firemarm charges for a shooting that happened on October 8, 2016. 

Police were called to the mall parking lot to find a man in a wheelchair who had been shot twice, but did survive.

Soon afterward, a Rockford Police Sergeant spotted a gold Buick LeSabre thought to be the shooting suspect's vehicle.  As he attempted to pull the driver over, the driver crashed into the police vehicle and fled the scene, but was involved in a crash shortly afterward at E. State and Mulford.  The shooting suspect then fired more shots as he attempted to flee on foot, but was captured near a restaurant nearby.  He was later identified as Ashford.

The sentence only deals with the shooting at E. State and Mulford and is not related to the earlier shooting in the parking lot according to prosecutors.  Charges in that case are still pending.

Ashford will be required to serve at least 85% of his sentence followed by two years of mandatory supervised release.

Note:  An earlier version of this story stated the charges wre related to the mall shooting.  It has since been corrected.


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