ST. CHARLES, Ill. (STMW) – Two Naperville brothers have been convicted in the gang-motivated shooting death of a 15-year-old Aurora boy.
Joshua A. Cavazos, 22, and Justin A. Cavazos, 21, both of the 3300 block of Lapp Lane in Naperville, were convicted by separate Kane County juries of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm and possession of a stolen vehicle, according to a release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.
The men were tried in the same courtroom at the same time by separate juries with separate defense lawyers, the release said. Joshua was convicted late Monday and Justin was convicted Tuesday afternoon.
The Cavazos were in a stolen Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by co-defendant Jaime E. Barragan, 21, through rival gang territory when Joshua Cavazos shot 15-year-old Oscar Rodriguez, of Aurora, about 2 p.m. Jan. 20, 2007, the release said.
Rodriguez was walking with his girlfriend when someone in the SUV flashed a gang sign at him and then Justin Cavazos handed a .40 caliber handgun to passenger David Hernandez, 22, who refused to shoot the teen, the release said. The gun was then handed to Joshua Cavasos, who shot Rodriguez three times and his girlfriend once.
Barragan and Hernandez were also charged in the murder, the release said. The Cavazos will be sentenced in 2012.
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