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16-year-old Aurora boy gets 18 years for gang-related shooting

(AURORA) A teenage boy was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to taking part in a gang-related shooting in Aurora in 2013.

Ryan N. Fingers, 16, of the 500 block of North Root Street in Aurora, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery with a firearm, and agreed to a sentence of 18 years, according to a statement from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s office.

About 5 p.m. April 15, 2013, Fingers, codefendant Korleone L. Darby, 20; and a 14-year-old were riding bicycles in the 600 block of Woodlawn Avenue when they saw the 16-year-old victim near his home, according to prosecutors.

Words were exchanged, and then six shots were fired at the boy, according to the statement. Fingers fired at least three of the shots.

Fingers and the other others rode off on their bikes, but were taken into custody by police within minutes, according to the statement.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Fingers will begin his sentence in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, but will be transferred to the Department of Corrections when he becomes an adult, according to the statement.

Darby is charged with attempted murder, aggravated battery with a firearm, armed violence, and unlawful use of a weapon with 1,000 feet of a park, all felonies, according to the statement. His case is pending and he remains in the Kane County Jail on a $1 million bond.

The other boy charged, now 15, pleaded guilty in juvenile court to aggravated battery with a firearm.