The Forest Park Patch’s Charlotte Eriksen reports on the story of Dennis “Tony” Mahone, a “Chicago gang member who murdered a rival [in] 2010 last week.” To read Ms. Eriksen’s article, published yesterday, click here. The following is a statement on the conviction released by Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 13, 2013
A Chicago gang member who murdered a rival in broad daylight has been sentenced to 70 years in prison, according to the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.
Dennis “Tony” Mahone, 25, was convicted of First degree Murder for ambushing and shooting a rival gang member as he sat in his car at a Maywood intersection in 2010. Mahone was convicted by Judge Noreen Love in April in a bench trial and sentenced to the 70 year prison term late yesterday during a hearing at the Maywood Courthouse.
According to prosecutors, Mahone, a member of the Four Corner Hustlers gang, shot the victim, Vincent Cole, 19, six times in retaliation for a killing earlier that summer. According to multiple eyewitnesses, on the afternoon of August 8, 2010 Mahone emerged from behind an abandoned house near the corner of 5th and Green. He opened fire from a sidewalk in the direction of the victim. Mahone fired a total of eight shots before fleeing on foot. The shooting was also captured on the security camera of a nearby currency exchange.
Mahone was apprehended three weeks later after shooting another man on a nearby bike path, but this time the victim was able to flag down a police officer. During their search for Mahone officers found him nearby and realized that he had been shot in the leg. Officers recovered a semi-automatic handgun and discovered that Mahone had accidentally shot himself during the incident.
State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys Thor Martin and Russell Baker as well as the Maywood Police Department for their work on the case. VFP