Man gets 35 years for Joliet murder
BY JANET LUNDQUIST email@example.com April 22, 2013 1:44PM
Updated: May 24, 2013 6:18AM
A man imprisoned for a 2010 shooting in Will County will spend another 35 years in prison for the 2009 murder of a Joliet teenager.
Jeremy Travis, 22, formerly of 109 Miller Ave., Joliet, fatally shot Mark Bew Jr., 19, in August 2009. Travis pleaded guilty March 6 to first-degree murder and was sentenced Monday by Circuit Court Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes.
“They destroyed my whole life,” said Bew’s mother, Treasona Bew, outside the courtroom Monday morning. “They took something from me I can’t get back. This has consumed my life since 2009 when they called me and said somebody shot my baby.”
Bew was shot in what police called an ambush about 8 p.m. on Aug. 3, 2009. He was standing with two women at Fifth and Eastern avenues when a Chevrolet Lumina drove by and someone opened fire, police said. One woman was shot in the hand, the other in the leg.
Bew, whom police say was a member of the Vice Lords street gang, later died from his injuries at the hospital.
Police said witnesses identified the driver of the Lumina, Calvin Russell, as the shooter. At the time, Russell was on parole for vehicular hijacking. He was found two weeks later hiding out at a Crest Hill apartment and was arrested on murder charges.
Russell, 23, pleaded guilty April 5 to attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. He was sentenced to 22 years in prison for attempted murder and received 18-year concurrent terms for aggravated battery.
“I’m going to have to forgive those boys, one way or another,” Bew’s mother said, tears streaming down her face. “Sixty years among two boys — you killed my son! You all tried to pump my baby full of bullets. I’m not satisfied. I’m mad.”
Authorities did not realize that Travis, an alleged member of the Gangster Disciples, was involved in Bew’s death until they discovered, while preparing for Russell’s trial, that a second gun was used in the shooting. Lab reports showed there were two different types of shell casings found at the scene.
Witnesses and evidence at the time of the initial investigation did not indicate that a second shooter was involved, police said.
When he was indicted for Bew’s murder last year, Travis was serving a 12-year sentence in a state prison for aggravated battery with a firearm and aggravated discharge of a firearm in a 2010 incident. Travis will finish serving that sentence before he begins the 35-year term, Policandriotes said.