- Associated Press - Monday, October 20, 2014

ROMEOVILLE, Ill. (AP) - A Cicero man was sentenced Monday to more than a century behind bars for a February shooting that killed his 15-year-old girlfriend and wounded her mother outside their suburban Chicago home.

Erick Maya, 24, received a 122-year prison term, which followed his conviction last month on charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon by a felon.

Jurors concluded that Briana Valle and her mother, Alicia Guerrero, were in a vehicle outside their Romeoville home when Maya shot the teen in the head and then shot Guerrero. Prosecutors said Guerrero had hovered over her daughter to protect her and begged Maya to stop firing.

Maya fled on foot and police found him hours later hiding under a porch. Briana died four days later.

Guerrero survived and later testified during Maya’s trial that she had struggled to keep Maya from dating her daughter, even moving to Romeoville in hopes that it would end the relationship.

“This cowardly manipulator killed an innocent girl because he couldn’t stand that she wanted to escape his control. And then he shot her mother, who was fortunate to survive this vicious attack,” Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow said in a statement Monday.

“Erick Maya will now spend the rest of his life in prison, where he will never control even the smallest aspect of his own life, and where he will never be free to harm another young girl or her family,” the prosecutor added.

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