Joliet man sentenced for 2013 murder inside crowded diner

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

JOLIET, Ill. (WLS) -- A Joliet man convicted of killing another man while the victim ate breakfast with his family was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday.

Christopher Thompson shot Gerrardo Franchini nine times inside a crowded diner back in 2013.

Prosecutors told jurors the two were engaged in a long-running dispute and had gotten into an argument at the diner. Thompson left and came back 15 minutes later and shot Franchini at point-blank range.

The victim's wife, 5-year-old daughter and 4-year-old niece all witnessed the shooting.