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Man who got 7 years for shooting now faces murder charge

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A convicted felon sentenced to seven years in prison for an attempted murder has been charged with murder in the same incident because the victim has since died.

Christopher Lenzy died two years ago at 41 from complications related to the gunshot wounds he suffered in the Aug. 10, 2005, incident.

On Thursday, Cook County prosecutors didn’t explain why it took two years to upgrade the charges against Anthony Smith, 31.

Judge Donald Panarese Jr. ordered Smith held without bail.

Lenzy was walking with his male cousin in the first block of North Pine over a decade ago when they saw Smith sitting next to a crate by a building, Assistant State’s Attorney Liam Reardon said.

Lenzy and Smith had gotten into a physical fight before, and the cousin had seen Smith several times before, Reardon said.

At some point that night, Smith fired a .38-caliber handgun seven times at Lenzy. One bullet struck Lenzy in the back, causing paralysis, Reardon said.

A pedestrian also was shot in the foot during the incident, Reardon said.

Smith pleaded guilty to attempted murder in 2007.