Devonte Flint Sentenced to 17 Years for Fatal 2021 Rockford Crash

Devonte Flint, 30, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for a 2021 crash in Rockford, Illinois that killed Raymond Jackson, 43, and injured two children. Flint pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence involving death and reckless driving.

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Devonte Flint Sentenced to 17 Years for Fatal 2021 Rockford Crash

Devonte Flint Sentenced to 17 Years for Fatal 2021 Rockford Crash

Devonte Flint, 30, has been sentenced to a total of 17 years in prison for a 2021 crash in Rockford, Illinois that claimed the life of Raymond Jackson, 43, and injured two children, ages 2 and 12. The tragic incident occurred on April 25, 2021, at the intersection of Ninth Street and Harrison Avenue.

Why this matters: This incident highlights the devastating consequences ofimpaired and reckless driving, which claims thousands of lives every year in the United States. It also underscores the need for stricter laws and enforcement to prevent such tragedies and ensure public safety.

According to court records, Flint was driving under the influence when he failed to stop after police deployed stop sticks at Brooke Road and Ninth Street. His vehicle subsequently struck a truck driven by Jackson, who was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Flint pleaded guilty to aggravated driving under the influence involving death and aggravated reckless driving. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison for the former charge and 3 years for the latter, with the sentences to be served concurrently. Flint must serve at least 85% of his 14-year sentence and will be on mandatory supervised release for two years following his prison term.

In addition to the charges stemming from the fatal crash, Flint also pleaded guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance and possession of a stolen firearm for separate offenses committed in 2018. He received two 6-year prison terms for these charges, which will run concurrently with his other sentences.

The sentencing brings a measure of closure to a devastating incident that claimed the life of Raymond Jackson and left two young children injured. As Flint begins serving his prison term, the community mourns the loss of a life cut short and reflects on the far-reaching consequences of impaired and reckless driving.

Key Takeaways

  • Devonte Flint, 30, sentenced to 17 years in prison for 2021 fatal crash in Rockford, IL.
  • Crash killed Raymond Jackson, 43, and injured 2 children, ages 2 and 12.
  • Flint was driving under the influence and failed to stop after police deployed stop sticks.
  • He pleaded guilty to aggravated DUI involving death and reckless driving.
  • Flint must serve at least 85% of his 14-year sentence and 2 years of supervised release.