Bloomington Man Gets Life In Prison For 2018 Triple Homicide

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (AP) — A judge sentenced a central Illinois man to life in prison Friday on three counts of murder and other charges in a 2018 triple slaying to steal money and drugs.

Prosecutors said Sydney Mays Jr., 25, of Bloomington fatally shot Nate Pena and Corey Jackson, both 22, and Juan Carlos Perez, 33, on June 18, 2018, at a Bloomington apartment. Pena’s son, who was 4 years old at the time, was paralyzed in the shooting.

Judge Casey Costigan found Mays guilty in February in a bench trial.

Mays was not present in the courtroom after he waived his right to appear for the sentencing hearing last week.

A recording of a 2018 police interview with one of Jackson’s friends, Navarro Howard, revealed that Mays and Pena had a dispute because Mays said Pena was “outshining” him and always showing off the amount of money he had made as a drug dealer.

Howard also told police he had seen Mays with a .380 handgun a few days before the shooting — the same type of gun later identified to have killed Perez.

Mays’ lawyer, Michael Clancy, argued it could not be proven that Mays was the one who fired the gunshots. He said it is possible that Mays was in a different part of the apartment building at the time.