Man sentenced to 50 years for teen's fatal shooting - New York News

Man sentenced to 50 years for teen's fatal shooting

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A man convicted of killing a teenage boy — one of the names on an alleged "death list" — at a South Side convenience store in 2008 has been sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Sebastian Rodriguez, 21, was convicted of first-degree murder for the death of 13-year-old Sameere Conn, shot while buying snacks at a shop after football practice on Oct. 1, 2008, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office.

Rodriguez, who was 15 at the time of the shooting, was convicted by a jury in February following a weeklong trial. He was sentenced March 31 to 25 years each on two counts of murder, to be served concurrently, plus an additional 25 years for personally discharging a firearm, according to state's attorney's office spokesman Stephen Campbell.

Conn, a Bright Elementary 8th-grader, was with a group of friends at the counter of a store in the 2500 block of South 106th Street when Rodriguez walked up to the store's glass door with a .357 caliber blue steel revolver and fired several shots through the door and into the store, prosecutors said.

Conn, known as "Six-Pack" by family and friends, was on his way home from Trumbull Park football practice when he was shot in the abdomen and hands, prosecutors said.

He died at a hospital the next day. A 27-year-old man who was wounded in the shooting later recovered from his injuries, according to prosecutors.

Rodriguez was arrested the day after the shooting after being identified by eyewitnesses, and police found the revolver at his home, prosecutors said.

In the days before the shooting, Rodriguez told witnesses that he wanted to kill Conn and at least four other people on a "death list" he had written, prosecutors said.

Family members said Conn had told his family that he was on a "kill list" of kids who were targeted by gangs. The Rev. Michael Pfleger spoke at his funeral.

Rodriguez is being held at the Stateville Correctional Center, according to the Illinois Dept. of Corrections. He was given credit for 2,000 days served in the Cook County Jail, Campbell said.

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