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Montgomery man guilty of attempted murder

Armando Gallardo

Armando Gallardo

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Updated: January 16, 2014 6:45AM

A 23-year-old Montgomery man could face up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced next month, after being convicted of attempted murder on Thursday.

A Kane County judge ruled that Armando Gallardo, 0-99 block of Fernwood Road, was the trigger man during a 2011 drive-by shooting in Aurora.

Following a lengthy bench trial, Circuit Court Judge John Barsanti convicted Gallardo of two counts of attempted murder, aggravated discharge of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a FOID card and possession of a firearm by a felon.

Prosecutors said the shooting occurred on Sept. 6, 2011, near Woodlawn Avenue and Third Street. At around 3 p.m., Gallardo and a second man were driving in the area when they spotted a rival gang member outside a home. Gallardo climbed into the car’s back seat, and fired three shots from a semiautomatic handgun before fleeing the scene, prosecutors said. The man was not injured.

Because Gallardo was convicted of personally shooting the weapon, he faces a mandatory sentence enhancement of 20 years in prison. He will serve between 26 and 50 years in prison and will be sentenced on Feb. 14, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Gallardo’s $500,000 bail was revoked following his conviction. He has been in custody, however, since his arrest.

Gallardo has also been charged with several felonies related to a second drive-by shooting that occurred on Sept. 12, 2011, also in Aurora.

Prosecutors said that at about 7:50 p.m. that evening, police responded to a call for shots fired in the same area as the shooting that occurred the week prior. Witnesses to the shooting gave police a description of the vehicle involved.

Police spotted Gallardo driving the vehicle, and saw him toss a gun from the car before fleeing. A chase ensued, ending when Gallardo’s vehicle struck a parked car, prosecutors said. He was taken into custody as he attempted to climb out of the car. The handgun was recovered, and forensic testing tied it to both the Sept. 6 and Sept. 12 shootings, prosecutors said.

“Prison, death or both is the inevitable outcome when gangs attempt to flex their muscles with guns. This conviction and Mr. Gallardo’s imminent prison sentence assures that our community will be safer,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said. “Our thanks to Aurora Police Det. Jeff Koenings and to Nina Jones at the Kane County Jail for their outstanding work in this case.”

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