CHICAGO — After spending nearly four years on electronic monitoring, two men accused of shooting another man during a brawl near the Magnificent Mile in 2019 have finally put the case behind them.
Amando Madrueno and Eddie Stone, both 34, each pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of aggravated discharge of a firearm into an occupied vehicle before Judge Aleksandra Gillespie on Monday. She sentenced both of them to 58 months, but after receiving credit for all of the time they spent on ankle monitors, the state effectively owes both men a year.
Officials described a chaotic scene leading up to the shooting near Chicago and Wabash avenues early on October 9, 2019.
A 20-year-old man flagged down patrol officers and reported being shot in the hand. Other officers detained three men, including Madureno and Stone, nearby.
At the time, Chicago police said the men were physically fighting when someone hit Stone in the head with a crowbar. “The offenders produced a firearm and fired shots,” a CPD spokesperson said in 2019.
CPD did not say if Stone and Madrueno were both armed or if they fired the same gun. In an initial case report, an officer wrote that Stone pointed a semi-automatic handgun at the victim while racking the slide, then passed the gun to Madrueno.
Police said Madureno and Stone physically attacked the man, and Madrueno hit him in the face and body with the butt of the handgun. He then fired the gun three times during a struggle for control of the weapon, striking the victim once in his right index finger, according to the CPD report.
Shell casings, blood, and a crowbar reportedly marked the crime scene near 42 East Chicago Avenue. A loaded handgun was found around the corner on Wabash.
Prosecutors charged both men with aggravated battery by discharging a firearm and multiple felony weapons violations. Madureno and Stone spent over 1,200 days on electronic monitoring as their lawyers launched vigorous defenses and told their sides of the story.
As of last month, they were the seventh- and eighth-longest-running participants in the count’s electronic monitoring program, according to sheriff’s office records.
Their 58-month sentences will be automatically reduced to 29 months for good behavior. But they both earned 45 months of credit, mostly on electronic monitoring, since being arrested, according to court records.