A Winnebago County jury has found 28-year-old Clifton Wyatt of Chicago guilty of 8 counts of First Degree Murder, 2 counts of Home Invasion and 2 counts of Attempted Armed Robbery, according to the State’s Attorney’s Office.
The charges relate to a deadly shooting in Rockford on November 4, 2010. Ladarrick Torry was found shot on the grass outside of his apartment at 3809 Sage Drive. A witness inside the apartment said a man wearing a mask broke in through a patio door and shot him.
Detectives recovered the mask at the scene, and prosecutors say that DNA found inside of it was matched by investigators to Wyatt. Experts testified that bullets, also found at the scene, matched a gun that Wyatt had on him when he was arrested in Chicago in December of 2010.
Wyatt faces a sentence of 20-60 years for First Degree Murder, and is eligible for an extended term sentence because he is a convicted felon. He could be sentenced for an additional 6-30 years in prison for the Home Invasion charges, and 4-to-15 years on each count of Attempted Armed Robbery.
Torry’s mother, Pauline Starnes, spoke with Eyewitness News after today’s hearing. She says despite justice being served, the family is having trouble moving on. “I was really hoping that today would bring closure,” says Starnes. “I really don’t feel that we got that today. So, we’re still struggling.”
Prosecutors say Wyatt will be back in court for a status hearing on January 28th.