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Chicago gang member sentenced to 90 years in prison for shooting death of pregnant teen

July 22, 2016  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Chicago gang member sentenced to 90 years in prison for shooting death of pregnant teen

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A Judge on Wednesday handed a Chicago gang member a 90-year prison term for the 2011 murder of a pregnant teenager.

According to the Chicago Tribune, 23-year-old Timothy Jones on Monday in the fatal shooting of Charinez Jefferson, 17, who was eight months pregnant at the time of her killing in the Marquette Park neighborhood back in August 2011.

Following the attack, Jefferson was rushed to a local hospital, where doctors performed emergency surgery and were able to deliver the child. However, the teen immediately died after giving birth.

The child remains in life-threatening condition; he is currently on a ventilator and doctors believe that his condition is unlikely to improve.

Prosecutors said an armed Jones allegedly furious that he had been shot earlier that day, approached Jefferson who was walking with a friend and alleged rival gang members.

Police said Jones fired two shots at the friend, who was attempting to flee, and missed. Witnesses said the pregnant teen frantically begged for her as he shot Jefferson at point blank range striking her eight times, hitting her in the thigh, chest, and neck.

Jones was convicted of first-degree murder aggravated discharge of a firearm.

During the hearing, a prosecutor read a deathbed letter written to Jones by Jefferson’s mother, Debbie Jefferson.

The message read: “I watched you during the trial and you showed no remorse,” said Jefferson. “So maybe you wouldn’t know how I feel. From this day forward, when you open and close your mouth and eyes, and you are still able to walk and talk, stop and take a minute and think about the lives you destroyed.”

Betty Lee, the victim’s aunt told the judge she could not forgive Jones. “I can barely close my eyes some nights without seeing my niece’s body on that morgue table, bullet wounds from toe to head and for that I don’t think I will ever be able to forgive you,” Lee said in court Monday.

She continued: “I hope the night of Aug. 16, 2011, haunts you in the midnight hour, as it has done me night after night, although I doubt it will, Wherever you end up, I’m sure you’ll get visits, you’ll even be able to make phone calls to your family, so yeah, you still come out on top. That’s not the case for us: no calls to Charinez, no laughing with Charinez, no parties with Charinez and no holidays with Charinez.”

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