2 alleged gang members sentenced for killing 6-year-old

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CHICAGO — Two alleged Chicago street gang members have received long prison sentences for the 2012 fatal shooting of a six-year-old as she sat with her mother on the front porch of their home.

Luis Hernandez, now 20 years old, was sentenced Monday to 65 years in prison for the death of Aliyah Shell. Juan Barraza, now 21, received a 50-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors alleged that while Barraza waited in the driver's seat of an auto, Hernandez stepped into the street, shouted a gang slogan and opened fire on the home, where a rival gang member lived.

Cook County Circuit Judge Stanley Sacks noted judges "aren't supposed to be emotional. It's hard to do that in cases like this."

The girl's mother, Diana Aguilar, said she was hoping for longer sentences, but was happy with the result.

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