Nickles Parks convicted of murder, Illinois landfill

Nickles Tre Parks appears in a mugshot.

Nickles Tre Parks.

It was a man from Illinois convicted by a jury of the 2019 murder of another man, the Winnebago state attorney’s office announced Tuesday.

According to Winnebago County prison and court records Nickles Tre Parks (note unusual spelling of first name), now 29, was convicted First Degree Murder by taking actions that he knew “would have a high probability of causing death or serious injury.” He too was convicted Concealment of a homicideaccording to a court document.

Sheriff’s deputies found the victim Jamie Stephensthen 31, dead in a ditch at the 9200 block of Knapp Road in Winnebago County on Dec. 10, 2018 — the day after his birthday, according to a press release.

ABC subsidiary WTVO reported that Stephens was robbed for his cell phone and then gunned down.

“Detectives assigned to the case determined that Nickles Parks was one of the last to have contact with Jamie Stephens,” the official statement said. “Officials found a 2011 Chrysler 300 owned by Nickles Parks hidden in a garage in Rockford, Illinois. After a thorough examination of the vehicle, it was determined that Jamie Stephens died in this vehicle on December 7, 2018 after suffering multiple gunshot wounds.”

Accordingly reports from Rockford, Illinois, CBS affiliate WIFR, Stephens was shot 10 times before his body was dumped. The TV station called that surveillance footage of a supermarket, drugstore and Dairy Queen led authorities to parks; Cell phone recordings were also key to solving the case.

Parks and another person named Joshua Whittie were reportedly in the car when Stephens died. Whittie, 22, has previously pleaded guilty to armed robbery in connection with Stephen’s death, prosecutors said. He is currently in prison, serving a 20-year sentence.

WTVO called a third person Amber BrewerShe too was connected to the case. She was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated unlawful restraint and concealing a murder, according to the TV network reported.

Joshua Whittie and Amanda Brewer appear in mugshots.

Joshua Whittie and Amanda Brewer.

Parks was originally charged with murder with intent to kill or hurt, armed robbery, and concealing a murder through a complaint filed Jan. 23, 2019, the court filing said. Those charges were increased less than a month later by an indictment filed on February 20, 2019.

The indictment included 28 separate counts, including murder with intent to kill or injury, murder by acts involving a high likelihood of death or injury, murder in the commission of another violent crime, armed robbery, concealment of a murder-related death and acting as part of a mob force or action involving two or more people. Prosecutors dropped the 28-count indictment on March 22, 2022 — just days before the March 29 sentencing — as part of a three-count indictment; The jury convicted the jury on counts two and three after prosecutors agreed to dismiss the first murder charge against the defendant.

Robin Langthe mother of the victim, tells WIFR that “the Miss does not go away” – meaning that she will always yearn for her son’s presence.

“I’ll never be able to hold Jamie,” Long said continued. “I’ll never be able to talk to him. I’ll never get my kiss and my goodbye. But he [Parks] does; he still gets that contact and I will never get that contact again.”

First-degree murder carries a prison sentence of 20 to 60 years, prosecutors wrote, plus an additional 15 years if a firearm was used — and here they say one was. If the accused is released from custody, three years of supervised release is mandatory. The defendant must serve 100% of the sentence with no hope of parole, prosecutors added.

Concealing a murder can carry a sentence of two to five years in prison, but such a charge would generally be served 50% on the murder charge, prosecutors added.

The defendant is scheduled to return to court for a status hearing at 8:30 a.m. on April 11, 2022, according to both the filing and the press release.

The full press release announcing the sentencing is below.

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James Brien

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