Aries Sanders gets five years for his role in fatal shooting of Joseph Brewer in 2013

Chicago Sun-Times Wire

Aries Sanders | Cook County sheriff's office

Aries Sanders | Cook County sheriff’s office

A man was sentenced to five years in prison Tuesday for his role in the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Joseph Brewer on the Far South Side in 2013.

Aries Sanders, 26, was found guilty of second-degree murder by Judge James Linn on Feb. 9 after a bench trial, according to Cook County court records.

Sanders was accused in the fatal shooting of Brewer on July 14, 2013, at a CHA complex in the 10500 block of South Oglesby Avenue, authorities said at the time.

Joseph Brewer | photo provided

Joseph Brewer | photo provided

Sanders and another man arrived at the Trumball Park CHA complex about 2:50 p.m., according to court records. Sanders was carrying a gun case as he and the other suspect walked up a set of stairs in the complex.

Surveillance video caught the other man minutes later carrying a large gun in his hand, partially covered by a shirt, as the two followed Brewer through the complex, authorities said. The video showed the other suspect firing several times at Brewer, and then the two suspects left the scene.

Brewer was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later, authorities said. He suffered eight gunshot wounds to his legs and back.

Sanders, a postal worker, was arrested at his workplace after the shooting, prosecutors said.

Judge Linn sentenced Sanders to five years in prison Tuesday. He will receive credit for 963 days served in the Cook County Jail.

No one else has been charged in connection with the killing.

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