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Auroran draws life term in second gang murder

Ruben Hernandez. Ruben Hernandez 300 block Superior Street Aurorwas sentenced 45 years prisfor attempted murder. 

Ruben Hernandez. Ruben Hernandez of the 300 block of Superior Street, Aurora, was sentenced to 45 years in prison for attempted murder. 

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Updated: September 27, 2012 11:17AM

A 29-year-old Aurora man will spend the rest of his life in prison for taking part in two gang-motivated murders.

On Friday, Judge Allen Anderson sentenced Ruben Hernandez in the 2005 murder of Michael Moore. Because this was Hernandez’s second murder conviction, the life sentence was mandatory.

Hernandez was one of three men charged in Moore’s murder. Prosecutors said that while Hernandez may not have fired the fatal shots, he played an active role in the shooting.

Prosecutors said Hernandez; Chavez Saulsberry, 22, of Aurora; and a third man were riding in a car on the morning of Nov. 28, 2005, when they spotted Moore and a 25-year-old Aurora man driving in the 300 block of East Galena Boulevard. At 11 a.m., on the busy street, Saulsberry and the other man opened fire from their car, hitting Moore several times and grazing his passenger, prosecutors said. The shooters fired through a sliding door held open by Hernandez.

Saulsberry and Hernandez were charged in 2009. Detectives said they zeroed in on the men in part because of information they gathered during the investigation of other Aurora cold-case murders. A third man was originally charged with the murder, but was found not guilty in 2009.

This is the third time that Hernandez has faced murder charges in Kane County. He is already serving a 40-year sentence for the September 2005 murder of Jorge Caro of Aurora, who was beaten to death for using a gang handshake without permission. Hernandez was previously acquitted in a 2004 gang-related murder.

He also was previously sentenced to three years in prison for a 2000 burglary in DuPage County and 18 months in prison for a 2001 Kane County mob action conviction.

Saulsberry is scheduled to be in court on Oct. 4 for a hearing in Moore’s murder. If convicted, Saulsberry also faces a mandatory life sentence. He already is serving a 55-year prison sentence for the November 2005 murder of 21-year-old Montrell Fluellen of Aurora.

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