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Gang member found guilty in Rockford teen's death

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Ricardo Jaimes (right) sits next to his lawyer listening to the verdict. Ricardo Jaimes (right) sits next to his lawyer listening to the verdict.
Linda McDowell cries as verdict is read. Linda McDowell cries as verdict is read.

It took a jury just two and half hours to come up with a verdict for a gang member accused of killing a Rockford teen. Ricardo Jaimes was found guilty on all counts.

He was the driver of the vehicle in May 2010 when prosecutors say his brother Isaac Jaimes got out and killed DeMarkis Robinson. But even though he did not pull the trigger it did not stop a jury from convicting him of murder.

"We the jury find the defendant, Ricardo Jaimes, guilty of first degree murder," says Judge John Truitt as he reads the jury's verdict.

Robinson's mother broke down as she heard it.  She say it is hard knowing she still has to sit through another murder case.

'I got mixed emotions.  I'm still trying to figure out what justice feels like," says Linda McDowell.

Her son 16-years-old when he was shot to death.  Police say Ricardo Jaimes' brother killed Robinson because they were in rival gangs. something his mother says he did not want to be involved in anymore.

"The day before he died he told me he was going to stop gang-banging and that he was going to change his life," says McDowell.

A witness testified Ricardo Jaimes drove by the Robinson several times before he finally stopped a man got out and shot Robinson in the street. He died on 6th avenue in the middle of the day in his father's arms.

"My son will never be back.  He'll never come back so he got what he deserved but my heart is still hurting," says McDowell.

Ricardo Jaimes will be sentenced November 15TH. His lawyer says he plans to appeal.

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