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Gang member gets 50 years for fatal Near North Side shooting

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An alleged member of the Gangster Disciples was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday for fatally shooting a 25-year-old man on the Near North Side in 2013.

Kenneth McDonald, 27, was found guilty of six counts of murder after a bench trial before Judge Williams Hooks, according to Cook County court records.

McDonald shot Donald Lewis about 4 a.m. July 21, 2013, near the 800 block of North Cambridge, according to prosecutors. McDonald walked up to Lewis and a group of people standing outside, pulled a gun and started shooting.

Lewis was shot multiple times and dropped off at Northwestern Memorial, where he later died, according to police.

One of the witnesses who was standing with Lewis also pulled a gun and started firing at McDonald, who was hit several times, prosecutors said. McDonald then dropped his gun and collapsed. He was taken to Northwestern with multiple gunshot wounds.

Police found the gun, and also six shell casings which matched bullets from McDonald’s gun, prosecutors said.

Judge William Hooks sentenced McDonald to 50 years in prison Monday, according to court records. McDonald will receive credit for 915 days served in the Cook County jail.