Teen sentenced in killing of corrections officer

June 18, 2008 7:48:11 AM PDT
An Aurora teenager has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the murder of a corrections officer he mistook for a rival gang member. Timothy Echols was 14 years old when he observed Duranthony Evans in an SUV on an Aurora street in 2004 and shot him to death. The 34-year-old Evans was a husband and father of two stepdaughters, an Illinois Department of Corrections youth supervisor in St. Charles and an associate minister at his Aurora church.

Echols, now 17, was charged as an adult. The little over 30 months he spent in the Kane County Jail will be subtracted from his sentence. But Echols will not be given time off for good behavior and must serve the remainder of the term.

As part of the plea agreement, juvenile murder charges against Echols were dropped in a separate case.