Cronie’s Bar & Grill closing for good following October 6th murder

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MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WTVO) — Cronie’s Bar and Grill announced Thursday that they would be shutting down for good, following the murder of 31-year-old Russel Jefferson on October 6th.

In a Facebook post, owner Tim Bent, Sr. wrote that even though the Village of Machesney Park was prepared to allow the bar’s continued operation, they decided to close on their own.

Winnebago County Deputies were dispatched to Cronie’s Bar, 9032 N. Second St, for a person shot around 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 6th.

According to authorities when officers arrived on scene they found Jefferson with a gunshot wound, he was transported to Javon Bea Hospital Riverside where he was then pronounced deceased.

Police said that another male had arrived at Javon Bea Hospital Rockton with a gunshot wound, and that victim was treated and released with a non-life threatening gunshot wound.

There was a planned birthday event at Cronie’s Bar, officials said.

28-year-old, Kenneth J. Johnson, of Rockford was charged with First Degree Murder (eight counts), Aggravated Battery with a Firearm, Aggravated Unlawful Use of a Weapon and No FOID.

Johnson’s bond was set at $5 million cash.

Photo: Rockford Police Department

Machesney Park village leaders had said they want to make sure Cronies Bar & Grill is held accountable for the deadly shooting.

Village officials said they would conduct a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

The building is now for sale.


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