Belvidere Gang Member Sentenced to 26 Years for Attempted First Degree Murder

BELVIDERE (WIFR) -- A Latin King's gang member from Belvidere is heading to prison.

Nicholas Martinez, 22, was sentenced today to 26 years in prison for attempted first degree murder. Prosecutors say back in February 2011, Martinez, shot up a car in the 400 block of Wedgewood Lane.
Sitting inside the car was a suspected rival gang member, his girlfriend and their two year old child. No one was hit.

A jury convicted Martinez of the crime earlier this summer, he faced up to 60 years in prison.

BOONE COUNTY (WIFR) -- A jury has convicted 22-year-old Nicholas Martinez of Belvidere of Attempted First Degree Murder and Armed Violence. The trial lasted eight days before the jury who deliberated for approximately four hours before returning the guilty verdict.

On February 18, 2011, Martinez, an admitted Latin King gang member, fired a gun into a vehicle in the area of the 400 block of Wedgewood lane, off North Appleton Road. Inside the vehicle were a suspected rival gang member, his girlfriend, and their two-year-old child. Fortunately, despite at least 5 rounds being shot into the vehicle, no one inside the vehicle was struck.

Martinez’s bond has been revoked. His sentencing is scheduled for September 20, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. Martinez faces a minimum sentence of 26 years and a maximum sentence of 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

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