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Montgomery man gets 30 years for Aurora drive-by shooting

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Armando Gallardo / photo from Aurora police

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Updated: April 4, 2014 6:16AM

A Montgomery man convicted of attempted murder in a 2011 drive-by shooting in Aurora was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday.

During a bench trial last December, Kane County Circuit Court Judge John Barsanti ruled that Armando Gallardo, 23, was the trigger man during the Sept. 6, 2011, shooting in the 200 block of Third Avenue, a release from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office said.

Gallardo, of the 1-99 block of Fernwood Road in Montgomery, was found guilty 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, the release said.

Barsanti sentenced him to 30 years in prison Friday, a sentence that includes a mandatory 20-year enhancement because Gallardo discharged the weapon, the release said.

Gallardo was the passenger in a vehicle when he and the driver spotted a rival gang member, prosecutors claimed. He climbed into the back seat and fired three shots at the person using a .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun before they drove away.

He was arrested six days later, after police responded to a call of shots fired near where the earlier shooting occurred, the release said.

When officers responded about 7:50 p.m. Sept. 12, they spotted a vehicle matching a description from witnesses, the release said. They allegedly saw Gallardo driving the vehicle, and watched him throw a gun from the car and drive away.

The vehicle hit a parked car, and Gallardo was taken into custody as he tried to climb out. Police recovered the handgun thrown from the vehicle, and forensic testing matched it to the gun used in both shootings, the release said.

No one was hurt in either attack, the release said.

Attempted murder charges stemming from the Sept. 12 shooting are still pending, and he will next appear in court in that case on March 5, the state’s attorney’s office said.

Gallardo must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, and will receive credit for 385 days served in custody, the release said.

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