- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago street gang member has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of three teenagers when he opened fire on a rival gang member outside a high school

Martin Ybarra (ee-BAHR’-ah) was charged with first-degree murder for the deaths of 13-year-old Johnny Edwards, 17-year-old Kendrick Pitts and 15-year-old Raheem Washington.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports (https://bit.ly/1ltW1HN ) Cook County Circuit Judge Steve Goebel on Friday told Ybarra that it was impossible for him to be rehabilitated and should be free because the Feb. 20, 2009 murders.

Six months before the slayings, Ybarra was acquitted of a 2005 fatal shooting that killed a 19-year-old man at the same intersection.

Ybarra’s co-defendant in the 2009 shooting, Geovanni Lopez, was acquitted in a bench trial before Goebel in May.



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