A judge sentenced a Waukegan man to 49 years in prison on Tuesday after a jury convicted him of attempted murder for shooting at police officers in North Chicago last year.
Oscar Martinez, 23, of Waukegan, was charged in June 2022 with attempted murder of a peace officer, aggravated discharge of a firearm at a peace officer and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.
The North Chicago Police Department responded on June 26, 2022, to a report of shots fired.
Police arrived at a residence and located Martinez outside holding a firearm, prosecutors said.
After police officers ordered Martinez to put the firearm down, he began firing shots at the officers, prosecutors said.
The man attempted to flee the area but he was taken into custody a short time later. No officers or civilians were injured during the incident.
A jury trial commenced in mid-July and lasted three days. The police officers who were targeted by Martinez testified at the trial.
Prosecutors Scott Hoffert and Kevin Berrill, along with Martinez’s defense counsel, George Gomez, rested in the case on July 18.
Closing arguments took place the following day and the jury began deliberating.
The jury returned guilty verdicts for three counts of attempted murder of a peace officer after two hours of deliberations.
“We cherish the life of all Lake County residents. Law enforcement officers in particular deserve our protection because they dedicate their lives to protecting all communities every day,” Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart said following the verdict.
“This offender will now face the consequences of his terrible actions. We appreciate the service of the jury,” Rinehart added.
Martinez was being held at the Lake County Jail on a $1 million bond while awaiting his trial. His bond was revoked after the verdict.
Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes sentenced Martinez on Tuesday to 49 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
The mandatory minimum prison sentence was 40 years and the maximum Martinez faced was 100 years.
A projected parole date was not immediately available from IDOC as Martinez has not been transferred to their custody yet.