Two years after Ruben Feliciano gunned down in Humboldt Park, second gang member pleads guilty

Chicago Sun-Times

Giovanni Rios | Illinois Dept. of Corrections

Giovanni Rios | Illinois Dept. of Corrections

A man has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for a shooting over the Memorial Day weekend in 2015 that left Ruben Feliciano dead in the West Side Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Giovanni Rios, 21, pleaded guilty to murder on May 19 murder before Judge Vincent Gaughan, according to Cook County court records.

Rios and 20-year-old Joseph Thrane were charged with fatally shooting the 20-year-old Feliciano about 4 p.m. on May 24, 2015, authorities said.

Feliciano, a car enthusiast, was driving around while three friends followed in separate vehicles, prosecutors said at the time. Rios and Thrane were in a black Saturn SUV with fellow Latin Kings flashing gang signs.

Joseph Thrane | Illinois Dept. of Corrections

Joseph Thrane | Illinois Dept. of Corrections

The SUV drove by the other roup, then partially blocked the path of Feliciano’s car, which was leading the others, prosecutors said.

The SUV rammed into the back of Feliciano’s car while he was stopped in traffic in the 3300 block of West Division, prosecutors said. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Thrane then pulled out a weapon and started shooting at Feliciano’s car multiple times.

Feliciano, who lived in the Logan Square neighborhood, tried to drive away, but struck several parked cars before coming to a stop, authorities said.

Ruben Feliciano | Facebook

Ruben Feliciano | Facebook

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he died at 4:45 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The SUV sped away, but Feliciano’s three friends identified Thrane, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty to murder last year and was sentenced to 31 years in prison.

Gaughan sentenced Rios to 23 years, according to court records. He is also serving an 18-month sentence for indirect criminal contempt.

He will receive credit for 748 days served in the Cook County Jail, and must serve three years of supervised release when he is freed.

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