Man gets 5 years for role in 2013 fatal Far South Side shooting

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A man was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for his role in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old on the Far South Side in 2013.

Aries Sanders, 26, was found guilty of second-degree murder by Judge James Linn on Feb. 9 after a bench trial, according to Cook County court records.

Sanders was accused in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Joseph Brewer on July 14, 2013 at a CHA complex in the 10500 block of South Oglesby Avenue, authorities said at the time.

Sanders and another man arrived at the Trumball Park CHA complex about 2:50 p.m., according to court records. Sanders was carrying a gun case as he and the other suspect walked up a set of stairs in the complex.

Surveillance video caught the other man minutes later carrying a large gun in his hand, partially covered by a shirt, as the two followed Brewer through the complex, authorities said. The video showed the other suspect firing several times at Brewer, and then the two suspects left the scene.

Brewer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later, authorities said. He suffered eight gunshot wounds to his legs and back. 

Sanders, a postal worker, was arrested at his workplace after the shooting, prosecutors said. The other suspect has not been charged.

Judge Linn sentenced Sanders to five years in prison Tuesday. He will receive credit for 963 days served in the Cook County Jail.

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