ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Fredrick Thomas, 36, was found guilty Tuesday of the murder of Jennifer Lewis on September 11th, 2018.
Lewis, 36, was found in the 900 block of 10th Avenue in Rockford. Police say shortly after 8:00 a.m. they were called for a report of an unresponsive female. She was pronounced dead at 8:53 a.m.
Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said the Thomas and Lewis were in a relationship.
The Winnebago County State’s Attorney’s office said Thomas beat Lewis to death after an argument. Evidence at the trial showed that Thomas had beat her several times on prior occasions, and was on probation for Aggravated Domestic Battery at the time of her murder.
The Winnebago County Coroner found that Lewis died as a result of blunt trauma to the body.
Assistant State’s Attorney Alison Meason said, “This case highlights the enormous difficulties victims of domestic violence experience when trying to leave an abusive relationship as well as the grave danger they face when they stay.”
Thomas’ sentencing is set for July 16th.