ROCKFORD (AP) — A Winnebago County judge has sentenced a mentally ill man to 86 years in prison in his mother's shooting death.
The Rockford Register Star reports (http://bit.ly/1jnelTA) that 30-year-old Franklin T. Byrd was sentenced Monday in the 2009 death of Leslie Byrd. Jurors in October found Byrd guilty but mentally ill on multiple counts of first-degree murder.
Authorities say the woman was found at her home with dozen gunshot wounds and her abdomen cut with a knife after she was already dead.
Byrd's public defender said she will file an appeal of the sentencing.
Franklin Byrd's sister, 31-year-old Toccara Byrd, said after the sentencing that she forgives her brother. She says "86 years is a long time" and she's "trying to hold the family together."
Information from: Rockford Register Star, http://www.rrstar.com