EM man pleads guilty to attempted murder

Posted Online: March 07, 2014, 7:14 pm
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By Rachel Warmke, rwarmke@qconline.com
An East Moline man pleaded guilty Friday to attempted murder for repeatedly stabbing an ex-lover at her home in December 2012.

Aaron Matthew Rowland, 40, who prosecutors said sneaked into the 47-year-old woman's home and stabbed her multiple times before fleeing, entered his plea to the Class X felony before Judge F. Michael Meersman, avoiding a trial set to begin Monday.

As part of the plea negotiations, Class X charges of home invasion and aggravated battery are expected to be dismissed at sentencing, which has not yet been set.

By agreement of attorneys, Mr. Rowland faces a cap of 20 years in prison and will have to serve at least 85 percent of whatever sentence is imposed.

On Dec. 9, 2012, East Moline police were called to the 100 block of 41st Avenue after the victim called 911 about 8:40 a.m. saying Mr. Rowland had stabbed her. She was treated for serious injuries at a local hospital.

According to police records, a neighbor saw Mr. Rowland flee the scene in a 1994 green Toyota truck, clutching something in his hand.

He is believed to have driven to the home of a family member in Milan where he abandoned the truck, records say.

Authorities reported finding a black-handled folding pocket knife in the truck, as well as a soiled towel and suspect strands of hair in the residence where the vehicle was parked.

Mr. Rowland was arrested Dec. 9, 2012, by East Moline police and remained in Rock Island County Jail as of Friday afternoon.

His mental fitness was called into question in January 2013, but he was determined fit to stand trial or plead in the case after an evaluation by a psychologist.


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  Today is Friday, July 25, the 206th day of 2014. There are 159 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Walter Jones, of Co, F 23rd Ky, volunteers, lost a satchel on the Camden road, yesterday, containing his papers of discharge from the army.
1889 -- 125 years ago: E. W. Robinson purchased from Mrs. J.T. Miller the livery stable on the triangle south of Market square.
1914 -- 100 years ago: A municipal; bathing beach was advocated at the weekly meeting of the city commission by commissioner Rudgren, who suggested the foot of Seventh Street as an excellent location.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Floyd Shetter, Rock Island county superintendent schools, announced teachers hired for nearly all of the 95 rural and village grade schools in the county.
1964 -- 50 years ago: The mercury officially reached the season's previous high of 95 about noon today and continued upward toward an expected mark of 97.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Fort Armstrong hotel once the wining and dining chambers of Rock Island's elite is under repair. Progress is being made though at a seeming snail's pace to return the building to a semblance of its past glory for senior citizen's homes.

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