A MAN was sentenced on Monday to 15 years in prison after he fired a gun into the grave of a murder victim during the burial service more than two years ago.
Elston Stevenson, 57, fired a bullet into Murad Talib’s grave on November 22, 2017, and allegedly said: “You got what you deserved.”
Days prior, 39-year-old Talib was gunned down in the driveway of his home in Palos Heights, Illinois.
During his burial ceremony, Stevenson pulled out a handgun and fired a single shot, local news outlets reported.
Stevenson then waved the gun in the direction of the mourners as he fled the service, according to WFLD.
He was arrested a short time later near the entrance of the cemetery.
Talib died from multiple gunshot wounds and at the time police said they did not believe it was a random shooting, believing the shooter and Talib were acquainted.
“When a felon brings a loaded gun to a populated area and uses the gun to threaten and endanger strangers, this conduct will not be tolerated,” Assistant Attorney Cornelius A Vandenberg argued in the government’s sentencing memorandum.
“The mourners were all in the immediate vicinity of the defendant when he produced the loaded weapon and were placed in danger by the defendant’s reckless firing of the weapon into the gravesite.”
Stevenson pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
A judge sentenced him to 180 months in prison.
It is not clear how Stevenson may have known Talib.
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