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Killer Makes Plea Deal to Get Out in 4 Years for Teen's Death

The 29-year-old gunman pleaded to a reduced charge that could see him released from prison in less than four years.

A plea deal struck Tuesday in Will County Court could spring a killer from prison in less than four years.

Marcos Camargo, 29, copped to second degree murder and agreed to take a 14-year prison sentence.

But Camargo can get out in half that with good time credit, said his attorney, Cosmo Tedone. And Camargo has already served more than three of those seven years in the Will County jail while waiting for his case to play out.

"I just think this is a fair disposition based on the facts of the case, the witnesses, their being no forensic evidence, and the fact that somebody did die," Tedone said.

"Even though my client has maintained his innocence all along, this is a fair disposition," said Tedone, who along with attorney Charles Bretz represented Camargo.

Camargo was indicted on charges of first degree murder, aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm in connection with a June 2009 killing in Joliet's St. Patrick's neighborhood.

Assistant State's Attorney Chris Koch said that just prior to the fatal shooting, 17-year-old Alfredo Aguirre and "several individuals" chased another man down an alley between Comstock and Illinois streets. Camargo—who was not being chased—then shot Aguirre to death and also allegedly wounded a second man, 22-year-old Anthony Alexander of Plainfield. Alexander took a bullet to his foot.

Koch said Camargo told detectives he was "shooting low but must have shot higher than he thought." Tedone countered that it was actually Alexander who told that to detectives. Koch told Judge Edward Burmila that it showed Camargo had an "unreasonable belief of self-defense."

Alexander is doing three years and three months in Danville Correctional Center for burglary, possession of cannabis and robbery. Tedone said prosecutors had secured a writ to ship Alexander in from Danville to testify against Camargo.

While the sentence deal has been agreed to, it won't be official unless Judge Burmila imposes it on March 5.

David January 20, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Rozeeta^ Your Just Hating Cause You Can't afford To Have Lawyers Like Them. (FREE MY UNCLE MARCOS)
Rozeeta January 20, 2013 at 07:08 PM
'Hating"? No, just wondering how many drug deals you east side, gang-banging scum bags had to make to afford them. By the way, I can afford them both just fine because I work a "REAL" job. You should try it sometime.
not ur friend February 11, 2013 at 09:45 AM
best news ive heard in awhile!!!! FREE MC!!
Mind u February 12, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Rozeeta...y does it matter, how they got the money. Wat makes u so sure that they sold drugs....just know that his lawyer got paid n did their jobs. FREE MC
johnqpublic March 06, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Well I hope he relocates to Cosmo's neighborhood after his release. I'd bet my life savings he'll be charged again within a year of his release, ban or no ban.

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