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Friday, May 8, 2009

Man Found Guilty In Murders of Chicago Auto Repair Shop Owner and Tow Truck Driver

Here's the story from the chicagotribune.com:
A man charged in the 2002 slayings of an auto repair shop owner and an employee was found guilty Wednesday by a Cook County jury.

Craig Lomax, 29, faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison for the murders of Jaime Flores, who owned Economy Auto Sales on North Lawndale Avenue, and tow truck driver Rene Tapia. He is scheduled to be sentenced June 16.

A co-defendant, Lazarek Austin, 28, is serving a life sentence, and another, Olaudah Slaughter, 33, pleaded guilty last month and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. Authorities said the three went to the store in January 2002 to steal what they believed were cash and 4 to 5 kilos of cocaine stored at the business. They found a small amount of money but no drugs, prosecutors said.

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