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Saturday, 5 February 2011

Aurora man gets 26 years for '05 attempted murder -

Aurora man gets 26 years for '05 attempted murder - "Reputed street gang member Augustine T. Montes, 25, did not show up for trial in Kane County last year, where he was accused of firing a gun at a man he believed to be a gang rival in November 2005

Montes, who was out on bond, was found guilty by a jury in May. About a week later, police, acting on a tip, arrested him at a DeKalb address.

At Friday’s sentencing hearing, Montes attorney Tim Mahoney asked Judge T. Jordan Gallagher to grant a new trial, arguing that Montes had not been properly warned about the consequences of not appearing for trial. However, the judge ruled that Montes had been adequately admonished, and he rejected the motion.

The 26-year prison term was the minimum under state law, which requires a six to 30-year term for attempted murder and a mandatory 20-year add-on for discharging a firearm during the commission of the crime. By law, Montes must serve 85 percent of the sentence."

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