Getaway driver in Hadiya Pendleton's murder gets 42 years in prison

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CHICAGO (AP) — The getaway driver in the 2013 fatal shooting of a high school honor student who performed during festivities before Barack Obama's second inauguration is headed to prison.

Cook County Judge Diana Kenworthy on Tuesday ordered 29-year-old Kenneth Williams to serve 35 years for first-degree murder and an additional seven years for aggravated battery.

Williams was convicted in 2018 of first-degree murder in the shooting of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton. Her death led to a national outcry about Chicago's gun violence.

Micheail Ward, the man convicted of firing the shots at Pendleton and her friends, was sentenced in 2019 to 84 years in prison.

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