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Waukegan teen sentenced to 61 years for 2010 murder

Dreshawn Luna

Dreshawn Luna

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Updated: December 12, 2012 1:58AM

A Waukegan teenager will be about 74 years old when he is released from prison.

Dreshawn Luna, 17, was sentenced Friday for first-degree murder and aggravated battery with a firearm before Lake County Circuit Court Judge Mark Levitt for a deadly July 4, 2010, shooting.

Luna could have received up to life. Instead, Levitt sentenced him to 51 years on the murder charge to be followed by 10 years in prison for aggravated battery with a firearm.

“There’s no victory when you have a murder. Both sides have lost here, not only the victim and his family, but also the defendant’s family,” Assistant State’s Attorney Reginald Mathews said.

Luna was 15 years old when he shot Farkhan Jones, 21, in the parking lot of the Waukegan Ramada Inn. Jones was a law-abiding citizen who dreamed of being a musician, Mathews said.

A jury convicted Luna of the offenses in June. He was involved in a dispute that started in a hotel room on Independence Day that boiled over into Luna shooting two men in the parking lot. The man who survived was shot in the back.

Defense attorney Eric Rinehart said the shootings were not premeditated.

“This wasn’t planned out for even five minutes. This was an impulsive act. It was a tragic act and it is an act that Mr. Luna is going to pay for,” Rinehart said.

Rinehart said his client first started coming in contact with a gang at age 9. He had an absent father and a mother who worked third shift and was rarely home so she could provide for her four children.

Luna was 15 years and three months old on the date of the murder, Rinehart said.

Age 15 is the minimum age for a person to be charged with a felony as an adult, Mathews said.

Luna had a history of prior criminal activity, according to Mathews.

He was in custody at a juvenile detention facility for having a loaded gun 15 days after the shooting incident when he was served with the first-degree murder warrant. He was arrested in January 2010 for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, arrested for battery in April 2009, arrested for theft in November 2006 and arrested for residential burglary in 2004.

Luna must serve the 51-year sentence at 100 percent. He will then receive credit for the two years he has spent in custody and will serve 85 percent of the 10-year sentence, Mathews said.

The case will be back up Oct. 19 for a defense motion to reconsider the sentence.

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