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January 15, 2014

Chicago Gang Member Convicted Of Double Murder In 2009 Arson

A Chicago member of the Spanish Cobra street gang was convicted for setting a blaze that killed a pregnant woman and her seven-year-old daughter according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Jovan Djurdjlov, 22, also known as “Yogi” was convicted by a jury of two counts of First Degree Murder for setting a Northwest Side building on fire in 2009 in an attempted retaliation against a rival gang.

According to prosecutors, on the night of January 31, 2009 Djurdjlov was looking for members of the Spanish Gangster Disciples gang (SGD), who he believed had thrown a brick through the window of his home earlier that evening.  Djurdjlov doused a stairwell using a bottle full of gasoline and set fire to the three-flat in Albany Park which he believed was home to several rival SGD’s. 

While no gang members were present, Rosanna Ocampo, 23, and her young daughter were trapped inside the building and died as a result of smoke inhalation.  Several other tenants were also present but were able to escape the fire. 

Djurdjlov’s cell phone records placed him near the address at the time of the incident, and several of Djurdjlov’s associates testified against him at the trial, including one witness who recalled that Djurdjlov showed up at his home reeking of gasoline.

The jury returned the guilty verdicts late Tuesday after the trial at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Mary Lacy and Thomas Darman for their work on this case.



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