Crime & Courts

Rockford man sentenced in connection with 2017 meat plant death

Ler Htoo pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter

Ler Htoo, 26, of Rockford
Ler Htoo, 26, of Rockford

A Rockford man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2017 death of a co-worker at a Hampshire meat plant, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney.

Ler Htoo, 26, of the 2200 block of North Court Street, Rockford, was sentenced to two years and six months probation along with 180 days in the Kane County Jail. Htoo must serve the full sentence and is getting credit for seven days already served at the jail, according to the state's attorney.

Kane County Circuit Judge John A. Barsanti accepted the plea.

The charge stems from an Aug. 2, 2017 incident at a meat plant in the 200 block of Flannigan Road, Hampshire. Htoo and Ai Moo Say were working together that day. Htoo was working with a knife at a meat-cutting station when his co-worker threw a piece of meat and it hit Htoo, according to the state's attorney.

Htoo flicked his knife, which slipped from his hand and fatally struck the victim near his heart, according to the state's attorney.

Htoo has been free on a $10,000 bond and must report to begin his sentence May 13.

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