3 life sentences plus 50 years: The sentence for Bloomington man who killed 3 people in 2018

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (WMBD) —  A Bloomington man found guilty of killing three people in the summer of 2018 will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Sydney Mays, did not appear in McLean County Courthouse, but he was sentenced in absentia to three life sentences plus 50 years, in addition to $7,500 in restitution.

“The defendant made repeated calculated decisions for money,” said Judge Casey Costigan. “He chose callousness and cowardness. By not showing up, he is further inflicting pain.”

In February, Sydney Mays was found guilty on all 11 counts of shooting and killing Nate Pena, Juan Carlos Perez-Macedo, and Corey “CJ” Jackson Jr. in a Bloomington apartment on Riley Drive in June 2018.

Maria Sanchez, the wife of Juan Carlos Perez-Macedo, asked the judge for 100 years during her victim impact statement.

Corey Jackson, the father of Corey Jackson Jr., was going to share a victim impact statement but changed his mind. He said he felt cheated out of sharing his victim impact statement because Mays didn’t show up.

“I didn’t get a chance to speak to Syd like I wanted to because I had some things to say to him, myself looking at him, about me knowing him, and me and my family treated him like he was one of our kids. That’s what makes this situation so horrible to deal with,” he said.

He said Mays had previously told him that “he didn’t do it.”

Mays earned a life sentence for each of the people he killed. He earned an additional 50 years for paralyzing a child during the shooting. Mays will get credit for the 1,191 days already served in jail.

Jackson called the sentence “beautiful” but said the judge should have given out four life sentences, because the child is paralyzed for life.

Mays’ attorney stated he would file an appeal.

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