Man Suspected in Cherryvale Mall Shooting Found Guilty of Aggravated Discharge

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A man believed to be involved in the October 2016 shooting at Cherryvale Mall was found guilty in Winnebago County Court on Wednesday.

A jury found Donald Ashford, 22, guilty of aggravated discharge of a firearm on a separate incident happening shortly after the mall shooting. He faces up to 15 years in prison.

On October 8th, Rockford Police went to the 2300 block of Freemont Street to conduct a follow up investigation into the Cherryvale Mall shooting. While there, officers located a gold Buick that matched the description of the vehicle witnesses reported seeing drive away from the mall after the shooting.

Officers recognized the driver of the Buick, Donald Ashford, from previous contact. As they approached, Ashford backed out of an alley, crashed into a Rockford Police car, and fled the scene.

A few minutes later, police learned Ashford had crashed the car at East State and Mulford. He fired shots at another occupied vehicle as he tried to get away. That shooting led to the charges that Ashford was found guilty of on Wednesday.

He is scheduled back in court Friday for a status hearing.

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