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Bond not reduced for armed robbery

Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 3:32 p.m. CST • Updated: Thursday, April 25, 2013 4:18 p.m. CST

WOODSTOCK – A judge Thursday denied a bond reduction for a Rockford man charged with home invasion and armed robbery.

Prosecutors said that last month Justin Mitchell, 29, arranged for another co-defendant to have sex for money with a Garden Prairie Man, but instead he and others allegedly robbed the man at gun point. Police said several shots were fired during the March incident.

McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather rejected a request to reduce the bond to $10,000. Special Public Defender Justin Hansen asked that it be reduced so Mitchell can return to work, and care for a child he has with another co-defendant Brittany Rice, 24, Rockford.

Assistant State's Attorney Robert Zalud called Mitchell's bond, which will remain at $100,000 "not only fair but low" given the severity of Mitchell's alleged crimes.

His next court date is May 23.

Also charged in the incident were Joshua C. Johnson, 23, of Rockford; and Nimrod D. Hilliard, 27, of Belvidere.

– Chelsea McDougall

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