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Hadiya Pendleton trial: Getaway driver Kenneth Williams to be sentenced in Chicago shooting that killed Obama runway performer


CHICAGO (WLS) – The fleeing driver in the fatal shooting of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton will be sentenced on Tuesday.

It’s been eight years since his Chicago park shooting horrified the city.

The man who pulled the trigger has already been behind bars for a long time, but the man who helped the shooter escape will be sentenced on Tuesday.

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Pendleton was shot and killed in a South Side park in January 2013, just weeks after taking part in former President Barack Obama’s inauguration parade.

Kenneth Williams, the fugitive driver, will be sentenced on Tuesday. He appealed for a new trial, but was denied.

Pendleton’s death made national headlines. Former First Lady Michelle Obama attended her funeral.

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Police said the two people involved in the shooting were gang members, who walked past the park and opened fire on a crowd of students at King College Prep High School.

The person accused of pulling the trigger, shooting Pendleton and injuring two others, Mickiael Ward, was sentenced to 84 years in prison in 2019.

Williams faces up to 90 years in prison.

He is expected in court Tuesday afternoon.

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