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Chicago man sentenced for 2009 triple slaying

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    Martin Ybarra

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A Chicago street gang member has been sentenced to life in prison for the fatal shooting of three teenagers when he opened fire on a rival gang member outside a high school

Martin Ybarra was charged with first-degree murder for the 2009 deaths of 13-year-old Johnny Edwards, 17-year-old Kendrick Pitts and 15-year-old Raheem Washington.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported Cook County Circuit Judge Steve Goebel on Friday told Ybarra that it was impossible for him to be rehabilitated.

Six months before the slayings, Ybarra was acquitted of a 2005 fatal shooting that killed a 19-year-old man at the same intersection.

Ybarra's co-defendant in the 2009 shooting, Geovanni Lopez, was acquitted in a bench trial before Goebel in May.

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