Man sentenced to more than 50 years in prison for murder of Rockford teen in 2019
ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - Juan Mora has been sentenced to 55 years in prison plus a consecutive term of ten years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the murder of a 15-year-old boy in 2019.
Authorities say 15-year-old Za’Shawn Coats was walking with a group of friends in the 700 block of Kent St. on Jan. 21, 2019 when the shooting occurred.
During the investigation, officers learned the shooting was gang-related as Mora asked Coats and his friends if they were Latin Kings. The boys say no, they were not in a gang.
Mora was identified as the shooter based on surveillance video and gang intelligence. He was arrested four days after the shooting.
He was found guilty by a jury of first-degree murder and aggravated discharge of a firearm charges earlier in 2021.
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