Man shot by homeowner during break-in gets 14 years in prison
BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org October 19, 2011 4:18PM
Updated: November 21, 2011 10:29AM
A gang member shot by a DuPage County homeowner during a bungled, bloody break-in that left two other people seriously wounded was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in prison.
Alejandro Roman of Chicago was wounded as he searched for drugs and money in 2009 after breaking into a townhouse near Glen Ellyn with two gang associates, authorities said.
After Roman was shot through a closed bedroom door by the homeowner, his accomplices opened fire on two other residents they already had tied up in another room of the house, DuPage County prosecutors said.
A 20-year-old woman and a 23-year-old man were shot in the head during the melee, but both survived.
The 19-year-old Roman, who authorities acknowledged didn’t carry a gun or shoot anyone, apologized before being sentenced and asked for mercy.
“I made a bad decision,” said Roman, who faced up to 30 years in prison. “I take full responsibility for my actions. I only ask that this court judge me fairly and have mercy on me.”
Judge George Bakalis opted for the 14-year sentence, noting Roman was only 17 when the shootings occurred and that he didn’t personally fire a weapon. Roman likely will spend about 10 years behind bars.
Prosecutors had asked for a 25-year prison sentence, saying Roman was “knee-deep” in carrying out the Oct. 23, 2009, home invasion that prompted the shootings.
“The victims that night were terrorized by the defendant and his cohorts,” Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Lindt said.
One of Roman’s accomplices has pleaded guilty to attempted murder charges, the second hasn’t been arrested.