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Charges upped for Oregon burglary suspect

Bond set at $200,000 in break-in that led to death of accomplice

OREGON – An Oregon parolee with an extensive criminal history, who police say was involved in a burglary Monday that lead to the death of a former Sterling man, now also is charged with home invasion.

Jason A. Marks, 44, faces 6 to 30 years in prison for home invasion and 4 to 15 years for residential burglary. He is in Ogle County Jail on $200,000 bond.

Joshua W. Denning, 34, of Oregon, who also was on parole, was pronounced dead at KSB Hospital in Dixon after being thrown from an SUV that crashed on state Route 64/Washington Street west of Oregon, Lee County Coroner Jesse Partington said.

According to Mount Morris Police Chief Jason White, a man called 911 at 12:57 a.m. to report that several intruders were inside a home in the 400 block of North McKendrie Avenue in Mount Morris, threatening the occupant.

When police arrived, three people ran out of the house. Sarah Hensley, 32, of Oregon, was arrested, while two men fled in the SUV, White said.

An Ogle County deputy responding to the call met the SUV speeding east on 64 between Mount Morris and Oregon, turned around to follow it and found it crashed in the 1700 block of West Washington Street, commonly known as Liberty Hill, Oregon Police Chief Darin DeHaan said in a news release Tuesday.

Denning was found outside the SUV, which had rolled several times.

Marks, who fled on foot, was found unconscious in a yard near Fifth and Franklin streets around 4:30 a.m. He was taken to a Rockford hospital, where he was arrested, the release said.

Based on other information gathered, Marks also is charged with burglary from a motor vehicle from an incident that occurred Jan. 8 in the 300 block of North Fourth Street in Oregon. That charge carries 3 to 7 years.

According to the Illinois Department of Corrections, Marks was paroled on Dec. 24 after being sentenced in Ogle County in 2016 to 3 years for theft and a year for domestic battery; he also still was on parole for a 10-year sentence for aggravated robbery levied in Winnebago County in 2009.

He also has four felony retail theft convictions and a conviction for aggravated battery dating back to 2004 in Winnebago and Jackson counties, a 2001 conviction for aggravated robbery out of Cook County, and his first felony conviction in Illinois, also for aggravated robbery, levied in 2000 in Ogle County.

Denning was sentenced in 2015 in Whiteside County to 3 years for burglary and for dealing marijuana. He was paroled 2 years ago, on March 17, 2017.

He also had a 2003 conviction for burglary, also in Whiteside County, and one for possession of marijuana in Bureau County. He was sentenced to 3 years for each.

Hensley, who also is charged with residential burglary, was on probation after pleading guilty in November in Ogle County to theft, trespass to a home and trespass to a vehicle. Her bond was set Monday at $25,000.

Denning, who according to his obituary was an apartment manager for Corporate Suites in Oregon, and before that worked for Knapp Flooring in Polo, is survived by, among others, a daughter, Haleigh Denning of Oregon; his parents, Linda Denning and Jack Denning; and three brothers: Brandon, Timothy and Terry Denning, all of Rock Falls.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls, with cremation and a private family burial planned.

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