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No formal charges yet in Byron shooting

Rockford man remains in Winnebago jail

OREGON – A Rockford man taken into custody hours after a shooting March 22 in rural Byron has not yet been charged.

Ogle County State’s Attorney Michael Rock said Tuesday that Brandon McMahon, 20, has not been formally charged. He is accused of shooting a 19-year-old at a residence on North Hoisington Road.

The name of the victim, who remains in the hospital, has not been released.

“We’re waiting for the investigation to be completed by the sheriff’s department,” Rock said. “When they bring it to us, we’ll decide what charges to file.”

Ogle County Sheriff Michael Harn said Tuesday that detectives are continuing to interview witnesses in the case.

Rockford police took McMahon into custody in Rockford a few hours after the early-morning shooting. He remains in Winnebago County Jail.

Deputy Chief Dave Hopkins of the Rockford Police Department said last week that McMahon is facing a preliminary charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

He also was wanted in connection with a shooting in Rockford.

Hopkins said McMahon, a parolee, is on a hold for the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC). 

According to IDOC records, McMahon was paroled in July 2013. 

He was sentenced to 3 years in prison in 2010 after being convicted on several charges, including armed robbery (no firearm) and possession of a firearm by a gang member. All of the offenses occurred in Winnebago County.

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