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Anita Alvarez
Cook County State's Attorney
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Chicago, IL 60602
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February 10, 2014

Prosecutors Secure 35 Year Sentence For Attempted Murder
That Left Victim Permanently Paralyzed

A Chicago man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for shooting and paralyzing a man who had been romantically involved with the defendant’s girlfriend, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Nikolas Gacho, 21, was previously convicted of Attempted Murder for ambushing the victim and shooting him once in the back as he walked home from a party in June 2010.

According to prosecutors, on the night of June 9, 2010 the victim and Gacho’s girlfriend had attended a party together and as the victim was walking the woman home near 3226 S. Parnell on the city’s South side, Gacho approached in a van and shot the victim once in the back before fleeing the scene
in his vehicle.  

Gacho was identified by the victim in a photo array and arrested by police. The victim was permanently paralyzed as a result of the incident. 

Cook County Judge William Lacy sentenced Gacho to the 35 year prison term during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago.  The sentence was enhanced due to the fact that Gacho discharged a firearm that caused great bodily harm to the victim.

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Geraldine D’Souza and Joseph Lattanzio for their work on this case.


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