Just before the murder trial of reputed "Satan's Disciples" gang members, brothers Alberto and David Colin, pleaded guilty to killing a mother of five in 2006 as she was walking in the Pilsen neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reported. The victim, 29-year-old Helen Coronado, was walking home from the grocery store with two of her kids.
Alberto Colin jumped out of a van in the 1800 block of South Wood St. and aimed his gun at a rival "Bishops" gang member but missed his intended target. The bullet instead hit Helen Coronado in the head, which killed her almost instantly.
The reason for the attempted hit? Prosecutors say he was retaliating against the Bishops street gang after a few members of the rival faction slapped him in the face in front of his own mother. Apparently, he decided a Bishop member had to die for his humiliation.
David Colin (28 years old) drove his 26-year-old brother around to look for the intended target. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder as an accomplice and was sentenced to 23 years in prison with no chance of parole.
Alberto Colin, the brother who pulled the trigger, pleaded guilty to the same charge but was sentenced to 53 years in prison without the possibility of parole. He also faced charges for possessing a homemade knife in jail while awaiting trial, which were dropped in exchange for his plea.
Helen Coronado's brother, Victor Coronado, told reporters he was pleased with the outcome:
"She was the baby of the family, a happy-go lucky girl who was doing what she wanted to do. For her to be struck down by this senseless act of violence, it's unreal."
Like most other criminal street gangs, Satan's Disciples is involved in illicit drug sales. The National Gang Crime Research Center describes Satan's Disciples as a 25-year-old, predominantly Hispanic gang that originated in Chicago but which has spread to more than 40 surrounding suburbs and 22 other states.