Two 24-year-olds found dead in Sterling home

Funeral services are set for the 24-year-old mother shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend, who then turned the gun on himself.

Brittney L. Long died Nov. 3 of a single gunshot to the head. Duane J. Briggs, 24, of Freeport, who stated on his Facebook page on Oct. 31 that he was hoping to get full custody of his infant son “in the next few months,” then killed himself with a shot to the head.

The baby was not at Long’s home at 813 First Ave. at the time, Detective Sgt. Todd Messer said Tuesday.

Autopsies were conducted Tuesday; results will not be available for several weeks.

Long, originally from Polo, was a CNA at Regency Care of Sterling.

Among others, she is survived by her son, Levi McBride of Sterling; her father, Brad Long of Polo; her mother, Barbara Helton of Dixon; and siblings April and Steven McBride, both of Dixon, and Amanda Carroll of Grand Detour.

Visitation was scheduled to be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 7 and from 9:30 until the funeral at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Polo.

McDonald Funeral Homes is handling arrangements; go to to post condolences.

The bodies of Long and Briggs, who is from Oregon and has lived in Mt. Morris, were found around 6:40 p.m. Sunday by police who were called to the rental home to conduct a welfare check. Long’s family members requested the check when she failed to attend a family event or answer their calls.

Court records show Briggs had a history of convictions in Stephenson and Ogle counties for aggravated battery to a police officer and two counts of resisting arrest, stemming from an arrest on July 12, 2018.

He was sentenced in January to 4 year’s probation; five misdemeanor charges of domestic battery, interfering with the reporting of a domestic battery, resisting, and possession a firearm and ammunition without a FOID card were dismissed.

Long also had a conviction for disorderly conduct from the same incident.

On Jan. 17, Long was sentenced in Stephenson County, to 6 months of supervision for disorderly conduct, also stemming from the July 12 incident.

A little over 3 weeks ago, on Oct. 11, Briggs was sentenced in Stephenson County to 2 years of court supervision for felony DUI.

He also had misdemeanor convictions, in Ogle County for domestic battery in 2014, and in Stephenson for criminal damage to property in 2015, and for reckless conduct in 2017.