Woman gets 11 years for a home invasion that ended with her accomplice being beaten and shot to death

A woman has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for her role in a home invasion that ended with her accomplice being severely beaten and shot to death with his own gun on the North Side in 2018.

Mariena Elia | CPD

Mariena Elia, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of home invasion with a dangerous weapon before Judge Kenneth Wadas on June 24, according to court records. Prosecutors dropped six other felonies in the plea agreement.

Prosecutors said Jason Brock, 35, was armed with a handgun when he and Elia forced their way into an apartment in the 5700 block of North Spaulding and tried to rob two men around 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 7, 2018.

But the would-be victims fought back and beat Brock, who was repeatedly shot with his own weapon. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The Cook County medical examiner’s office said he died of blunt force injuries sustained in an assault and gunshot wounds.

Elia was arrested by police and US Marshals nearly 18 months after the home invasion.

According to allegations made in court documents, Elia “personally discharged” Brock’s firearm at some point during the crime, but she was not charged with shooting him.

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