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Man gets 46 years for fatal shooting in Aurora drug deal

Juan R. HerrerWisconswas sentenced 46 years prisWednesday for fatal shooting during drug deal Aurora.

Juan R. Herrera of Wisconsin was sentenced to 46 years in prison Wednesday for a fatal shooting during a drug deal in Aurora.

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Updated: October 17, 2012 9:05PM

A Wisconsin man was sentenced to 46 years in prison Wednesday for a fatal shooting during an Aurora drug deal gone bad.

Juan R. Herrera, 32, of Prescott, Wis., was sentenced by Kane County Judge David R. Akemann in the October 2008 shooting.

Herrera was found guilty in March 2011 of first-degree murder, armed violence, unlawful possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver and unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors said that at about 6 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2008, 28-year-old Hector Valtierrez of Chicago and two others arrived at a residence in the 600 block of North Root Street, Aurora, with the intention of buying five kilograms of cocaine from Herrera.

But Valtierrez and his associates attempted to steal the cocaine at gunpoint instead. During the gunfight, Herrera was shot twice by Valtierrez, and Valtierrez was shot twice by Herrera. Valtierrez died at the scene.

Herrera must serve 100 percent of the sentence. He was given credit for the approximately four years he has been held in the Kane County jail.

Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon called the shooting “another example of the deadly mix of drugs and guns.”

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