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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Beach Park Man Sentenced to Thirty Years in Hijacking
DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin announced today that Rockie Douglas, 38 (d.o.b. 9/23/1979) of Beach Park, Il., has been sentenced to thirty years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, the maximum allowed by law, for hijacking an elderly couple’s car in December, 2013. Douglas appeared in court today where he entered an agree plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Hijacking, a Class X Felony in front of Judge John Kinsella, who handed down the sentence.
On December 21, 2013, at approximately 3:20 p.m., Douglas was attempting to elude authorities when the vehicle he was driving broke down on the ramp from I-294 and I-88. Douglas left the disabled vehicle and approached the vehicle of his victims, a couple over the age of 60, who had pulled over to assist. After entering the vehicle, Douglas shoved both of his victims out of the vehicle and the fled the scene. Douglas was taken into custody several days later in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and subsequently returned to Illinois. He has remained in custody at the DuPage County Jail since that time on a $1 million with 10% to apply bond.
“The maximum allowable sentence passed down by Judge Kinsella sends the message that here in DuPage County we take carjackings extremely seriously,” Berlin said. “Today, Mr. Douglas learned that lesson the hard way as he will now spend a substantial amount of time behind bars for what he did. Thankfully his victims were not struck by traffic and seriously injured after Mr. Douglas pushed them out of their own vehicle. I would like to thank First Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Ruggiero, Assistant State’s Attorneys Nicole Wilkes-English, Amanda Meindl and Alyssa Rabulinski for their outstanding efforts in holding Mr. Douglas responsible for his actions.”
Sentencing guidelines require that Douglas serve 85% of his sentence before being eligible for parole.