Duo gets 125 years combined for 2013 Labor Day murder

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Victor Willis | Illinois Department of Corrections photo

Two men have been sentenced to a total of 125 years in prison for a murder in the South Side Englewood neighborhood over Labor Day weekend in 2013.

Jamal Davis | Cook County sheriff’s office photo

Jamal Davis | Cook County sheriff’s office photo

Victor Willis, 25; and his cousin Jamal Davis, 24, were previously convicted of the shooting death of 25-year-old John Wallace, according to a statement from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Davis had an argument with someone during the last week of August 2013, according to prosecutors.

On Sept. 1, 2013, Davis went to that person’s home in the 6400 block of South Morgan, where a group had gathered to celebrate Labor Day weekend, prosecutors said.

After a short period of time, Davis left the home and threatened to bring several others back with him to “shoot the place up,” prosecutors said.

About half an hour later, Davis returned with Willis and a third person, prosecutors said.

Willis, armed with a gun with an extended clip, stormed up the porch, banged on the door and demanded to know where the person Davis had argued with was, prosecutors said.

Wallace, who was visiting at the home, opened the door and immediately closed it when he saw Willis armed with a gun.

Willis opened the door and began shooting at Wallace as he ran down the basement stairs, prosecutors said. Wallace was shot multiple times and was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Willis and the third person returned to the vehicle with Davis and they fled the scene, prosecutors said.T

Willis, of the 5700 block of South Michigan Avenue, was sentenced to 75 years in prison, according to the state’s attorney’s office. Davis, of the 6700 block of South Langley, was sentenced to 50 years. The third defendant, Charles McKinney, was acquitted.

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