Judge resentences woman to 63 years for 1992 gang killings

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CHICAGO  — A judge has resentenced a woman to 63 years after she was given a life term when she was a teen in the 1992 killings of two gang rivals.

Cook County judge Alfredo Maldonado on Friday cleared the way for 40-year-old Jacqueline Montanez to be released in as soon as 7 ½ years. She was 15 when she was charged in the Chicago killings of 22-year-old Jimmy Cruz and 22-year-old Hector Reyes. The judge called the killings a “senseless tragedy” but said Montanez didn’t deserve life in prison. He says she’s “not one of those rarest of juveniles.”

The Chicago Tribune reportsMontanez earned good-time credit under laws in place when she was charged in 1992. That means she could be released as early as 2024.