Fernando Andino 26-Year Sentence In Waukegan Murder Trial

Fernando Andino was convicted on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, and given a sentence of 26 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his involvement in a gunshot that ki!!ed a Waukegan man in May 2022.

Fernando Andino, 20, pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated violence with a handgun, a class X felony, on May 18, 2023.

After Waukegan police officers reacted to a report of persons being shot close to a neighboring restaurant parking lot on May 29, 2022, Andino had already been charged with m*rder. The cops found two men who had been shot when they arrived.

While the other succumbed to his injuries in the hospital later that day, Stefan Filipovic, one of them, lived. The cops said that they were able to identify the shooter, Jorge Medina, using eyewitness testimonies and security footage of Medina’s house.

Andino testified in court that Medina moved toward the parking lot and started shooting at the two victims after being dropped off close to a restaurant.

Murder of Stefan Filipovic In Waukegan

After the event, Medina was picked up by Andino, and they both left the area. Fernando Andino, who was 19 at the time, was initially captured after attempting to avoid police after a fast-paced pursuit on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

Andino was accused of first-degree m*rder, aggravated battery with a firearm, and aggravated fleeing and eluding, according to the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Jorge Medina, age 18, was detained on Monday morning. The accusations made against Medina were first-degree m*rder, attempted first-degree m*rder, and aggravated battery with a firearm.

Late Tuesday night, May 31, 2022, the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office filed a First-Degree M*rder charge against the two male suspects in the Waukegan shooting that took place on Sunday, May 29, 2022.

In Jorge Medina’s trial, Andino testified as a cooperating witness for the State. On August 31, 2023, Jorge Medina was found “guilty” of first-degree m*rder charges.

Jorge Medina, age 20, was found guilty of one count of first-degree m*rder and one count of attempted m*rder on Thursday, August 31, 2023. Jorge Medina is anticipating retribution.

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Presiding Judge Daniel Shanes heard two victim impact statements from Stefan’s parents during Andino’s sentencing hearing. According to the statements, Andino made cruel and irresponsible decisions that ended Stefan’s young life.

They noted how they had to choose the flowers for Stefan’s burial last year rather than gifts for his 25th birthday, and they pleaded with the judge to punish Andino fairly for his actions.

Stefan’s life was full of promise, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Kalcheim Rothenberg, and Andino’s actions caused his senseless, brutal death.

“Our team, which consisted of Assistant State’s Attorneys Lauren Kalcheim Rothenberg, Scott Hoffert, and Ayah Elfarra, State’s Attorney investigators, and victim specialists were able to start the process of healing for the family by earning the conviction of the shooter, Jorge Medina. Mr. Andino will now spend decades in prison because of the role he played in assisting this shooter.”

“Neither Medina nor Andino had prior convictions. When we think about young individuals gaining access to guns and solving their disputes violently, it is clear we need to push deeper into root causes even as we also sentence these offenders to decades in prison after the fact.” Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart

Andino was detained in the Lake County Jail from the moment of his arrest until he pleaded “guilty” on a $3 million bond. Judge Shanes removed his ability to post bond after he entered a guilty plea. 85% of the 26-year sentence must be served.

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