Gang member gets 60 years for killing 10-year-old

Chicago Tribune | May 5, 2011

A Chicago man was sentenced to 60 years in prison Thursday in the murder of a 10-year-old boy who was caught in gang crossfire while walking with friends to a South Side candy store.

Lesean Jackson, 21, was convicted in a bench trial last month of first-degree murder in the October 2007 slaying of Arthur Jones in the 800 block of West Garfield Boulevard.

Jackson, of the 5100 block of South Union Avenue, was one of several Black P Stone gang members who had fought with rival Gangster Disciples earlier in the day and then returned to even the score, police said.

Arthur, who went by the nickname “AJ,” was heading to a store nearby with his best friend after school to buy candy and soda when he heard shots ring out and tried to run, according to witnesses. He was shot in the neck and died later at a hospital.

Arthur’s mother, Rita Perez, said in court the pain of her son’s death is “deep inside my guts.”

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