Rockford Man Gets 80 Years For Fatal Shooting

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP)- A judge in Rockford has handed down an 80-year prison sentence for a 26-year-old man who shot two bouncers who’d escorted him out of a bar after he’d been caught smoking.

Judge John Truitt sentenced Martavion Sanders on Tuesday for the 2008 shooting at Chivo’s Bar.

A jury in April found Sanders guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Tyrone Thompson. Security guard Ronald Fair was seriously injured in the shooting but survived.

Sanders also was convicted of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and unlawful use of a weapon.

Authorities say Sanders became upset after being removed from the bar, returned with a weapon and shot both men.

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