Chicago, IL—A 31 year old man was found guilty in the 2011 shooting death of a Chicago police officer
Chicago, IL—A 31 year old man was found guilty in the 2011 shooting death of a Chicago police officer who was moonlighting as a security guard at an Austin convenience store.
Alexander Villa was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and armed robbery by a Cook County jury late Thursday.
Prosecutors said Villa burst into M&M Quick Foods, where Clifton Lewis was working an off-duty security job. Villa opened fire leaping over the counter to shoot Lewis as the police officer struggled to draw his gun. Villa’s co-defendant, Tyron Clay snatched cash from the cash register while Villa took the officer’s gun. Clay is still awaiting trial.
The getaway driver, Edgardo Colon, was sentenced to 84 years in prison. He was called as a prosecution witness, but refused to answer questions even after he was cited for contempt of court by Judge James Linn.
Since Monday, jurors were shown surveillance video that showed the shooting from cameras inside the store. They also heard the testimony of multiple witnesses who said they heard Villa discussing and bragging about shooting a police office during the store robbery.
Lewis was an eight year veteran of the Chicago Police Department and had taken the off-duty job to help pay for his upcoming wedding. Lewis had an 11 year old daughter and was a father figure to his girlfriend’s teenage son.
Villa was the last of the three defendants charged in Lewis’ murder, with his arrest coming two years after Lewis was killed.