18-year-old gunman pleads guilty to murder of 12-year-old Rockford boy

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — On Tuesday, 18-year-old Anthony Jenkins pleaded guilty to the First Degree Murder of 12-year-old Donavan Ruland in 2017.

Prosecutors said on May 24th, 2017, Jenkins shot Ruland dead while trying to steal Ruland’s ATV.

Police found Ruland suffering from a gunshot wound in the area of 4th Street and 16th Avenue. He died at the hospital.

Although he was 16 at the time, Jenkins was tried as an adult.

He faces up to 60 years in prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on December 18th.


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