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Lottery ticket left at murder scene helps lead to sentence of life plus 30 years

Timothy Founta/ phofrom Chicago Police

Timothy Fountain / photo from Chicago Police

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Updated: May 29, 2013 7:37AM

A habitual criminal was sentenced to life in prison Friday for a double murder in 2005 at a Southwest Side grocery store, where he bought a lottery ticket that ultimately helped lead to his arrest.

Cook County Judge Charles Burns also sentenced Timothy Fountain, 43, to an additional 30 years in prison for armed robbery for the crime at Maggy’s Food.

Fountain may have gotten away with murdering Graciela Rodriguez, 37, and Nicholas Guerrero, 75, had he not played the Pick Four game at the store.

Fountain left the lottery tickets at the store after he shot cashier Rodriguez and longtime customer, Guerrero, prosecutors said.

Police were led to Fountain when they matched the numbers he played to his mother’s South Side address. Fountain was arrested two years after the crime.

Fountain was also identified by a teen who glimpsed Fountain outside the store in the 4400 block of South California.

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