An Aurora man was sentenced Wednesday to natural life in prison for the 2007 slaying of a Chicago man in a gang-related shooting.
Lorenzo I. Alvarez, 24, who was already serving a 65-year prison term for another gang murder, was sentenced for the March 18, 2007 murder of Cedric Foster. By law in Illinois, a second murder conviction results in an automatic natural life sentence.
In October, a Kane County jury found Alvarez guilty of killing Foster in a drive-by shooting at the intersection of Lehnertz Avenue and Sherman Street in Aurora. Police said Foster, 24, was stopped at the intersection in his SUV when another vehicle pulled alongside and Alvarez opened fire.
Foster was shot three times in the head.
At his trial prosecutors alleged that Alvarez believed – mistakenly, it turned out – that Foster belonged to a rival gang. Two other men charged in the Foster slaying are awaiting trial.
Alvarez’s earlier murder conviction was for the slaying of Oscar Campos, 36, of Aurora, who was shot to death in a gang-related incident May 6, 2007.
Judge Timothy Sheldon presided over both trials.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun