An Aurora man was found guilty of First-Degree Murder and other offenses in a jury trial this week in Kane County.
Twenty-five-year-old Martin Garcia, Jr. of N. Root St. was convicted and is awaiting sentencing in the shooting death of 34-year-old Rodolfo Rocha, Jr., of Aurora, who was shot in June of 2017.
Garcia was additionally found guilty of Armed Violence and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Street Gang member, the jury finding that Garcia discharged the gun that caused Rocha’s death.
Kane County prosecutors argued that on the evening of June 10, 2017, Rocha was outside a Grove Street residence in Aurora, with friends and family when Garcia and a co-defendant 26 year-old Anthony Medina of Gates St., approached the group and told them to declare a gang affiliation.
When they replied that they were not gang members, prosecutors argued Garcia and Medina pulled out guns and shot Rocha, killing him. During the incident Medina also allegedly shot Garcia in the side, and multiple gunshots struck Rocha’s car. No one else was injured.
Garcia’s sentencing date is set for December 4th. He faces a sentence of between 65 years’ and life imprisonment in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Garcia remains in custody at the Kane County jail, where he had been held in lieu of $4 million bail since his arrest. Bond was revoked upon conviction.
Medina’s case is still pending and he is back in court on December 13th. He remains in custody at the Kane County jail in lieu of $3 million bail.