25 year-old man charged in connection with the 2008 shooting death of Jamaal Stanciel


Jonathon Sparks-RCJ

Jonathon Sparks-RCJ

Jonathon W. Sparks, 25, was transported from a Greenville, IL, prison to appear on his Return on warrant/Initial appearance in Racine Circuit Court to face charges of 1st-Degree Reckless Homicide in connection with the June 14, 2008, homicide of Jamaal Stanciel. Bond was set today at $500,000 and his preliminary hearing is scheduled for 12/16/15

Jamaal Stanciel’s case was considered a cold case until recently when Racine Police were able to finally get enough evidence file charges.

According to the criminal complaint Racine Police, were called at 10:45 p.m. June 14, 2008 to the 1100 block of 11th Street for a report of shots fired. When police arrived on scene, they found,the victim Jamaal Stanciel, shot multiple times. He was transported to St. Mary’s where he later died of his injuries.

Investigators interviewed several witnesses who said they were in the car with Sparks on the night Stanciel was killed. All the witnesses told similar stories about what happened that night, they were driving around in a rented when they found themselves in the 1100 block of 11th Street. The defendant then exited the car for a time and when he returned he commented, I got off”. The witnesses took it as he had emptied the weapon and they began to hear sirens.

The complaint states that one of the witness upon returning home, he received phone calls from people saying the victim had been shot. The defendant, was pulled over by officers on June 14, 2008 while driving the same rental car and again on July 15, 2008 and taken into custody for having a .380 handgun and some controlled substances in his possession. According to reports, witnesses described the weapon as the same weapon used the night of the shooting.

The criminal complaint states that, additional witnesses were interviewed in 2012 and stated that the evening of the shooting he and others were in the area of 11st near Racine Street and at one point police officers told them to move along, and they expected more officers to pass by and break up the party. A few minutes later there were gunshots and at least one person saw Sparks firing five or six shots from over a fence

Racine Police recovered three .380 shell casings from the scene and the state crime lab matched the casings with the gun they took from the defendant during his arrest in July 2008.

On June 30, 2015, Investigators with the Racine Police Department contacted the defendant who was located in a Greenville, IL, prison. He agreed to speak to Investigators and during questioning he allegedly admitted to shooting at a group of people while he was driving around with friends in a rented Grand Prix.