- Associated Press - Friday, June 13, 2014

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago man has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of a 5-year-old Elgin boy, who was hit by bullets intended for his father.

The Daily Herald in Arlington Heights reports (https://bit.ly/1irZ9yZ) in addition to the murder count, 29-year-old Miguel Hernandez Jr. was found guilty Thursday of attempted murder and discharging a firearm in the commission of a homicide.

Eric M. Galarza Jr. was riding in the car with his parents and two younger siblings when Hernandez fired six shots at the vehicle as it was pulling out of a driveway. One of the bullets struck the boy in the head.

Prosecutors said Eric Galarza Sr. was targeted because he had been a paid federal informant, whose work led to several arrests and convictions.


Information from: Daily Herald, https://www.dailyherald.com

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