A Chicago gang member who murdered a rival 2010 last week was sentenced to 70 years in prison, according to a news release the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Dennis “Tony” Mahone, 25, was convicted in a bench trial in April of First degree Murder for ambushing and shooting a rival gang member as he sat in his car at a Maywood intersection in 2010. Cook County Judge Noreen Love sentenced Mahone to the 70 year prison term late on Friday during a hearing at the Maywood Courthouse.
According to prosecutors, Mahone, a member of the Four Corner Hustlers gang, shot the victim, Vincent Cole, 19, six times in retaliation for a killing earlier that summer, according to the release. Witnesses said on the afternoon of August 8, 2010, Mahone emerged from behind an abandoned house near the corner of 5th and Green and opened fire from a sidewalk in the direction of the victim, according to the release. Mahone fired a total of eight shots before fleeing on foot. The shooting was also captured on the security camera of a nearby currency exchange.
Mahone was arrested three weeks later after shooting another man on a nearby bike path, when the victim was able to flag down a police officer. During their search for Mahone, officers found him nearby and realized that he had been shot in the leg. Officers recovered a semi-automatic handgun and discovered that Mahone had accidentally shot himself during the incident, according to the release.
State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Thor Martin and Russell Baker as well as the Maywood Police Department for their work on the case.
Information courtesy of a news release from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.