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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1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.

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