Man sentenced to 65 years for 2008 murder of Chivo’s Bar security guard
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Martavion Sanders, 26, was sentenced June 5 to 65 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for the Nov. 22, 2008, murder of Chivo’s Bar security guard Tyrone Thompson. Sanders also was sentenced to an additional 15 years for the offense of aggravated battery with a firearm for the shooting of Chivo’s Bar security guard Rodney Fair.
The defendant was found guilty April 27 after a jury trial and was sentenced by Judge John Truitt.
Nov. 22, 2008, Sanders was a patron at Chivo’s Bar on Broadway when he was caught smoking in the building. He was then escorted out of the establishment by bar security guards Thompson and Fair. The defendant became upset and returned to the bar with a weapon and shot both security guards.
Thompson died as a result of a gunshot wound to his neck, while Fair was also shot but has recovered from his wounds.
First-degree murder with a firearm is a class M felony with a sentencing range of 20 to 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections. Since the murder was committed with a firearm, there is a mandatory addition of 25 years to natural life (the minimum sentence the defendant could receive was 45 years).
Aggravated battery with a firearm is a class X felony with a sentencing range of six to 30 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The defendant will serve the sentences consecutively, meaning Sanders will serve at least 77 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Posted June 6, 2012
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