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updated: 12/20/2013 2:05 PM

Addison teen gets probation in air-rifle shooting

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  • Carlos Lopez-Almaraz

    Carlos Lopez-Almaraz


An 18-year-old Addison man was admonished Friday for his childish behavior before accepting a plea agreement that keeps him out of jail.

Carlos Lopez-Almaraz of the 600 block of South Iowa Avenue was charged in June with aggravated battery for shooting a Canadian National freight train engineer with an air rifle after apparently getting tired of targeting beer cans.

DuPage Judge Blanche Hill Fawell accepted a plea agreement and sentenced Lopez-Almaraz to one year of probation and 60 hours of community service. Another condition of the agreement requires the air rifle be given to the victim.

Prosecutors said Lopez-Almaraz and a 15-year-old boy were shooting at beer cans about 4:15 p.m. on June 3 near the 400 block of Gregory Avenue in Glendale Heights when they decided to take aim at a passing l train.

The engineer was struck once in the hand, forcing him to stop the train and have the projectile surgically removed.

Officers obtained incriminating statements after they found Lopez-Almaraz and the juvenile in the area where the engineer reported being shot.

"How old are you?" Fawell asked Lopez-Almaraz before sentencing him. "Come on. You're not 12."

The 15-year-old boy was referred to juvenile court,

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