JULY 24, 2008
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the Circuit Court
) of Cook County.
v. ) No. 02 CR 6639
FRANCISCO ROMERO, ) Honorable Dennis A. Dernbach,
) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE MURPHY delivered the opinion of the court:
Defendant, Francisco Romero, was charged with first degree murder (720 ILCS 5/9-
1(a)(1) (West 2004)) for the July 28, 2001, shooting death of 12-year-old Francisco Macias.
Following a jury trial, on August 7, 2006, defendant was found guilty of two counts of first
degree murder. The trial court denied defendant’s motion for a new trial and sentenced
defendant to 40 years’ imprisonment for first degree murder (730 ILCS 5/5-8-1(a)(1)(a) (West
2004)) and an additional 25 years’ imprisonment for personally discharging a firearm in the
commission of the crime pursuant to the sentence enhancement statute (730 ILCS 5/5-8-
1(a)(1)(d)(iii) (West 2004)). Defendant asserts three issues on appeal. Defendant first argues
that the jury verdict was not supported by the evidence. Defendant also contends that the trial