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Man gets 50 years for killing man in road rage incident

Mikel Pernell / phofrom Cook County Sheriff's office

Mikel Pernell / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office

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A South Holland man was sentenced to 50 years in prison Wednesday for fatally shooting a man during a 2009 road rage incident.

Mikel Pernell, 34, was convicted of first-degree murder in September for the shooting of 30-year-old George Cruz, according to a statement from the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

On Sept. 18, 2009, Cruz was driving north on Torrence Avenue near 108th Street in Chicago when he realized he needed to turn left, prosecutors said. He changed lanes, accidentally cutting off Pernell’s vehicle.

Pernell pulled up alongside the passenger side of Cruz’s vehicle, yelling at him, prosecutors said. Cruz apologized and said he needed to turn at 105th.

Pernell drove off, then pulled over near 105th and Hoxie, where Cruz also stopped, prosecutors said. Pernell reached out of his window and shot Cruz in the left eye before driving off. Cruz died from his injury.

A witness described Pernell’s vehicle, and he was arrested a short time later, prosecutors said. The witness also identified him in a lineup.

Judge Carol Howard sentenced Pernell to 50 years in prison Wednesday.



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