Elgin man sentenced for attempting to kill both women in love triangle
From Staff Reports September 26, 2013 11:28AM
Updated: October 28, 2013 7:29AM
An Elgin man has been sentenced to more than three decades in prison for trying to kill the mother of his young child after she learned of his relationship with a second woman, authorities said.
The sentence is in addition to a 20-year prison term he is serving for trying to solicit the murder of the second woman.
Bernardino Hernandez Jr., 26, of the 800 block of South Liberty Street, was sentenced late Wednesday by Circuit Judge Karen Simpson to 35 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
On May 28, Hernandez was convicted by a Kane County jury of one count of attempted first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm, both Class X felonies. In addition, the jury found that Hernandez personally discharged the firearm that caused injury, and that the victim suffered great bodily harm from being shot by Hernandez.
According to testimony, in June 2008, Hernandez was confronted by the victim — the mother of his toddler daughter — and a second woman with whom he’d been having an intimate relationship after the women had learned of the love triangle.
At about 3 a.m. June 26, 2008, Hernandez returned to the victim’s residence in the 300 block of Ann Street in Elgin. He knocked on her bedroom window, and when she saw Hernandez she stepped toward a back door to let him into the house. Hernandez then fired a .380-caliber handgun five times through a window, striking the victim in the back three times. The victim suffered serious injuries and was hospitalized in intensive care for 10 days, authorities said.
Hernandez was sentenced to 10 years for the attempted murder and 10 years for the aggravated battery with a firearm. These terms are to be served concurrently, authorities said. In addition, Hernandez was sentenced to a mandatory enhancement of 25 years in prison because he personally discharged the firearm that caused great bodily harm to the victim.
According to Illinois law, Hernandez must serve at least 85 percent of the sentence.
The 35-year sentence will be served consecutive to a 20-year prison sentence Hernandez currently is serving. While he was being held in the Kane County awaiting trial in 2010, Hernandez attempted to solicit the murder of the second girlfriend because the second girlfriend was expected to be a witness against him during his trial for the 2008 attempted murder. In January 2012, Hernandez pleaded guilty to one count of solicitation for murder, a Class X felony, and was sentenced to 20 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.
“I am very pleased that this violent and calculating criminal is off the street for an extended period,” Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said in a release Thursday.
“Thanks to the Elgin Police Detective Tim Marabillis for his hard work, and to Assistant State’s Attorneys Kelly Orland, Bill Engerman and Bianca Camargo for a job well done.”