CHICAGO (STMW) — A South Side man who was behind the wheel of a minivan during the robbery and slaying of a 15-year-old boy in West Garfield Park in 2010 pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Alfred Weakliss, 26, formerly of the 2400 block of East 78th Street, pleaded guilty on March 26 to second-degree murder, according to Cook County State’s Attorney’s office spokesman Stephen Campbell.

Weakliss is now serving his sentence at the Stateville Correctional Center, according to the Illinois Dept. of Corrections. He was given credit for 1,477 days served in the Cook County Jail, where he had been held without bond since Nov. 22, 2010.

Weakliss was identified as the driver of the minivan used in an armed robbery that resulted in the shooting death of Nathaniel Maxon on Feb. 25, 2010, Chicago Police said at the time of his arrest.

An accomplice shot Maxon once in the back and robbed another victim of his cell phone, shoes and money, a police report said.

Police responded about 11:30 a.m. to a call of shots fired and found Maxon unresponsive with a gunshot wound at 4117 W. West End Ave., police said.

Maxon, a student at the Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School who lived on the same block as the shooting, died 30 minutes later at Mount Sinai Hospital. An autopsy found he died of a gunshot wound to the back.

The next day, police issued a flier asking for the public’s assistance in finding Maxon’s killer, which led to Weakliss being arrested on Nov. 20.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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