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Aurora Man Convicted Of Second Murder, Faces Life Term

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ST. CHARLES (CBS) — A 28-year-old Aurora man has been found guilty of murder for the second time, and now faces spending the rest of his life in prison.

Ruben Hernandez was charged in connection with the 2005 shooting death of Michael Moore that stemmed from a dispute between rival gangs.

Judge Allen Anderson delivered the guilty verdict Wednesday afternoon.

Anderson said prosecutors had proven Hernandez, while not firing a gun, played an active role in Moore’s death and the wounding of a second man in the shooting that happened in broad daylight in the 300 block of East Galena Boulevard in November 2005.

Anderson noted that two shooters fired from inside a van through a sliding door “held by the defendant.”

Hernandez was convicted of murder through the state’s accountability statute, which can find a defendant guilty of a charge, such as murder, based on their level of participation.

This is the third time that Hernandez has faced murder charges in Kane County.

He is already serving a 40-year sentence for the September 2005 murder of Jorge Caro of Aurora, who was beaten to death for improperly using a gang handshake. He was previously acquitted of a 2004 gang-related murder.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2012. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)