A Chicago man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the 2013 shooting death of another man over a car accident, according to the Office of Cook County Stateâ€™s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Angelo Bennett, 26, was found guilty earlier this year of the Murder of Charles E. Jones and Attempt Murder of Jonesâ€™ fiancÃ©e.
According to prosecutors, on May 26, 2013, Jones and his fiancÃ©e were driving eastbound on Division Street near the 1000 block of North Branch, on their way home after being out with relatives.Â Bennett, who was also driving eastbound on Division, sideswiped Jonesâ€™ vehicle.Â Both drivers pulled over and exited their vehicles to exchange insurance information.Â Bennett suddenly ran back to his car, got in and drove off.Â Jonesâ€™ fiancÃ©e called 911 to report the accident and Bennettâ€™s license plate number.Â As Jonesâ€™ and his fiancÃ©e were on their way to the nearest police station to make a report, they came across Bennett who had parked his car a few blocks away.Â Before Jonesâ€™ pulled up, Bennett had exited his car and thrown a revolver under another car parked three to five cars ahead of his.Â When Jones saw Bennett, he pulled up, exited his car and confronted Bennett about leaving the scene of the accident.Â Jones and Bennett got into a physical confrontation, with Jones hitting Bennett, causing a laceration on Bennettâ€™s forehead. Bennett then broke free and retrieved his gun and walked back to Jones, shooting Jones twice in the face.Â As Jonesâ€™ fiancÃ©e got into the driverâ€™s seat to drive away, Bennett chased after her and reached into the vehicle to shoot her, hitting her in the lower back.
Bennett was found guilty after a bench trial before Cook County Judge Carol Howard who sentenced Bennett to 45 years on the Murder charge and 31 years on the Attempt Murder charge, to run concurrent, during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building.
Stateâ€™s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant Stateâ€™s Attorneys Paul Joyce and Glen Runk and the Chicago Police Department for their work in this case.