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Man charged in rural Byron shooting

Machesney Park woman also charged, jailed

Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 12:01 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 9, 2014 8:01 a.m. CDT
Brandon McMahon

OREGON – A Rockford man faces a number of felony charges in a shooting March 22 in rural Byron.

Brandon McMahon, 20, has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, possession of a weapon by a gang member, and possession of a weapon by a felon, Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock said Tuesday.

McMahon is accused of shooting Wyatt Ackerson, 19, of Byron, during a confrontation at a party in the early morning of March 22 at a home on North Hoisington Road, northwest of Byron.

Ackerson remained in the hospital Tuesday.

Assistant State’s Attorney Joshua Versluys said Tuesday that a second person, Rachel Deiter, 18, of Machesney Park, also had been charged with concealing or aiding a fugitive.

Dieter has been in Ogle County Jail since March 24 in lieu of $75,000 bond, Versluys said. She was arraigned March 28, and a public defender was appointed to represent her.

Until Tuesday, neither the sheriff’s department nor the state’s attorney’s office had released information about Dieter’s arrest and jailing.

Rock said last week that he knew of no arrests in the case other than McMahon.

Rock also said Tuesday that a juvenile might have been involved in the incident, but he would not give more details.

McMahon, a parolee, has been in the Winnebago County Jail since he was taken into custody a few hours after the shooting. He also has been charged with a shooting in Winnebago County.

According to records from the state Department of Corrections, McMahon was paroled from state prison in July 2013.  He was sentenced to 3 years 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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