Humboldt Park man gets 2 life terms for killing, robbery spree

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Ricardo Marchan | Cook County Sheriff’s Department photo

A Humboldt Park man was sentenced to two terms of natural life in prisonMonday for killing two men before robbing three others during a 2009 crime spree.

Judge Lawrence Flood also handed down an additional 26 years to 31-year-oldRicardo Marchan for the robbery charges, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Marchan gunned down18-year-old Michael Hernandez and 35-year-old Patrick Cregan“for fun” from his Chevrolet Blazer and went on to rob two other men at gunpoint on Aug. 2, 2009, prosecutors said at the beginning of Marchan’s trial last year.

But at the time of Marchan’s arrest six years ago, police told the Chicago Sun-Times that he went on the rampage because his girlfriend broke up with him a few days before.

On the day of the shooting, Marchan, armed with a 9mm Winchester rifle, first gunned down Hernandez, who was driving his mom’s car, in the 1500 block of North Western Avenue.

Minutes later, Marchan shot Cregan, who was driving to deliver a pizza, in the back of his head in the 1400 block of North California Avenue.

Marchan then drove west to the 3800 block of West Dickens, where he robbed three men who were returning from a party.

One of the robbery victims, Armando Zamora, testified that he thought Marchan was waving around a fake weapon. But then Marchan fired twice in the air.

Marchan was arrested on the scene in the midst of the robbery.

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