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updated: 4/28/2013 8:17 AM

Man nabbed with help from lottery ticket gets life

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CHICAGO -- A man has been sentenced to life in prison for a 2005 double murder at a Chicago convenience store after police used lottery numbers he played to track him down.

Cook County prosecutors say police matched the numbers on a lottery ticket abandoned at the crime scene to the address of 43-yeaer-old Timothy Fountain. He was convicted of murder in the killings of clerk Graciela Rodriguez and customer Nicolas Guerrero.

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Cook County Circuit Judge Charles Burns also sentenced Fountain on Friday to an additional 30 years in prison for armed robbery.

Prosecutors say Fountain bought the ticket before pulling a gun on Rodriguez. He emptied the cash register and dismantled surveillance equipment before shooting her, and shot Guerrero during a struggle.

DNA evidence found under Guerrero's fingernails matched Fountain's.

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