Man whose lottery tickets led to arrest found guilty of murder
Cook County prosecutors said Timothy Fountain filled out some lottery tickets before he gunned down two people and robbed a Southwest Side grocery store.
Unfortunately for him, the numbers he selected in his Pick Four game, including his mother’s address, led to his arrests two years following the 2005 murders.
The 42-year-old ran out of luck again Wednesday when a Cook County jury found him guilty of armed robbery and murder charges for the violent spree at Maggy’s Food.
Fountain, a habitual criminal, kept his head down when the verdicts were read in Judge Charles Burns’ courtroom.
A few feet away, over two dozen relatives of Graciela Rodriguez, 37, and Nicholas Guerrero, 75, silently wept.
Fountain left the lottery tickets at the store after he shot cashier Rodriguez and longtime customer, Guerrero, prosecutors said.
Fountain was identified by a teen who glimpsed Fountain outside the store, in the 4400 block of South California.
Phone records also showed Fountain was in the area at the time of the murders and his DNA was also found under Guerrero’s fingernails, according to court testimony.
Fountain faces mandatory life in prison.
Although Rodriguez’s brother said he was relieved Fountain was convicted and will never be a free man, he wished he could have been sentenced to death.
“I wanted to see him shake and die,” Pedro Garcia said outside the courtroom.