Murphysboro Man Sentenced for First Degree Murder

May 17, 2019

A Murphysboro man has been sentenced for first degree murder.

The Jackson County State's Attorney says 30-year-old Cortez Lemont Turner received a 37-year sentence, which breaks down to 29 years for murder; consecutive terms of eight years for aggravated discharge of a firearm; concurrent terms of six years for conspiracy to commit aggravated discharge of a firearm and three years for each of two counts of perjury to the grand jury relating to this incident.

Turner was found guilty in December of the murder of Detrick Rogers, also of Murphysboro.

The shooting incident where Turner killed Rogers occurred in Murphysboro in October 2016 at the intersection of Shomaker and South 20th Street.

Turner was shot and told police he was walking on Shoemaker when he heard gunshots and was hit in his leg. He testified to this statement before a grand jury in Jackson County. Further investigation revealed Turner was one of the occupants in the vehicle from which the shots were fired. Turner was shot while inside the vehicle with what was believed to be his own weapon.