A reputed gang member was sentenced to 125 years in prison today for the 2009 murder of Chicago police Officer Alejandro “Alex” Valadez in June 2009.
Shawn Gaston, 22, sat expressionless as the maximum sentence was imposed on him at the Cook County Criminal Courts Building.
“There is no sentence that can undo what Mr. Gaston has done,” Judge Jorge Alonso said in a courtroom packed with members of the Valadez and Gaston families and Chicago police officers.
Prosecutors said Gaston was out for revenge early after he and other alleged gang members were shot at by rivals in the 6000 block of South Hermitage Avenue in the Englewood neighborhood.
Valadez was investigating a report of shots fired when Gaston returned in his mother's car a few minutes later and fired several shots, killing Valadez, prosecutors said.
A jury convicted Gaston last month.
Two other defendants, Kevin Walker and Christopher Harris, are awaiting trial in connection with Valadez’s murder.
Several top police brass attended Gaston’s lengthy sentencing hearing, including Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Chief of Detectives Thomas Byrne.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun