Man who gunned down Winnebago County Deputy sentenced to 75 years prison

ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO) — Jordan Spates, 33, the man convicted of shooting at a Winnebago County Sheriff’s Deputy in 2017, has been sentenced to 75 years in prison.

On September 23rd, 2017, Deputy Stephen Wright attempted to pull Spates over for speeding, but he sped away, leading Wright on a 100-mile-per-hour chase.

When Spates’ car broke down, he got out and ran. But when Deputy Wright began to follow, Spates opened fire, hitting him three times.

Wright was struck in the shoulder and left bicep.

Spates was the subject of a nationwide manhunt and was apprehended two weeks later in Lawrenceville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta.

A jury found Spates guilty of Attempted Murder and Aggravated Battery with a Firearm on April 12th, 2023.

Spates was given credit for 3 years served.

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