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updated: 8/14/2014 8:41 PM

Elgin man sentenced 12 years for gang stabbing

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  • Andres Quinones

    Andres Quinones
    courtesy of the Kane County State's Attorney


An Elgin man was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday for stabbing two people during a 2012 fight at a liquor that police say was gang-related.

Andres Quinones, 20, of the 0-99 block of Aldine Street, pleaded guilty to attempted murder and two counts of aggravated battery, according to a news release from the Kane County State's Attorney's office.

Quinones and several friends were at a liquor store on the 500 block of North McLean Avenue, Elgin, shortly before 11 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2012, when they encountered a group of men, the release says. Quinones, who officials said was a gang member, falsely believed the group of people were members of a rival gang, the release added.

"Quinones and his friends began to yell insults at the other group. Three victims then were stabbed, two by Quinones. One of the victims suffered a punctured lung," the news release states.

The sentence includes seven years for attempted murder, of which he must serve at least 85 percent. However, he will receive credit toward the other five-year term for 905 days he's already served in the Kane County jail.

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