UPDATE (4/1/14): Rico Jefferson reached a plea deal with prosecutors. He received six years in prison for aggravated discharge. If he was convicted for murder he would've received a minimum 20 years in prison. Rico's brother Russell has already been cleared in the case. The third suspect involved in the murder, Martell Buckley, was already found guilty.
ROCKFORD - It's been more than five months since the shooting outside the BP Gas Station on
On Thursday police say they have two men in custody wanted for the murder of 18-year-old Dwayne Buchanan Jr., and are hoping the public will assist in finding the third.
Police say shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon they received a tip through CrimeStoppers that Rico and Russell Jefferson, two fugitives wanted in the shooting death of Buchanan Jr. were inside an apartment in the 900 block of
Rockford Police Lieutenant Marc Welsh says officers surrounded the apartment and were able to contact Rico Jefferson by phone, who was persuaded to surrender to police without incident. His brother Russell Jefferson was not found at the apartment.
22-year-old Rico Jefferson has been charged with 6 counts of first degree murder.
Police say on May 22nd of this year, Rico and 24-year-old Russell Jefferson, two brothers, along with 25-year-old Martell Buckley shot and killed 18-year-old Dwayne Buchanan Jr. near the entrance to the BP Gas Station on
Martell Buckley was arrested earlier this year on an unrelated weapons charge. He was in jail when he was served a copy of the first degree murder charges related to the BP shooting.
Police say they do believe that 24-year-old Russell Jefferson is somewhere in the
Police say that a tip from CrimeStoppers helped them arrest Rico Jefferson on Thursday. That's why they urge anyone who might know 24-year-old Russell Jefferson's whereabouts to call CrimeStoppers at 815-963-7867.
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