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Judge mailing in Aurora murder verdict

Preciliano Garcia

Preciliano Garcia

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The verdict’s in the mail.

Or at least it will be soon for a former Aurora man charged with murder in connection with a 2008 shooting.

Preciliano Garcia went before Judge Timothy Sheldon in Kane County earlier this year for a bench trial on charges of murder, attempted robbery and home invasion. He and Anthony Ortiz of Oswego are accused of forcing their way into an Aurora home as part of a planned robbery.

During a struggle with several residents in the home, shots were fired and 33-year-old Mario Vasquez was hit in the neck. He later died.

During a brief hearing Wednesday, Sheldon told attorneys he had made an audio recording of his ruling and submitted it for transcription on Monday, but that process isn’t quite finished.

After Garcia’s attorney suggested a May 9 hearing date, Sheldon said the ruling could be mailed to both sides before Garcia’s next court appearance.

“I’ll mail it out,” Sheldon offered. “It’ll be in the mail this week.”

Garcia remains in the Kane County Jail on $3 million bail. Ortiz, also being held on $3 million bail, is scheduled to be in court Thursday.

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