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Kenneth Williams, Convicted Of Driving Getaway Car After 15-Year-Old Hadiya Pendleton Was Shot Dead In 2013, To Be Sentenced Tuesday

Micheail Ward, Hadiyah Pendleton, Kenneth Williams

By CBS 2 Chicago

The man convicted of driving the getaway car in the murder of 15-year-oold honor student Hadiya Pendleton will be sentenced on Tuesday.

Kenneth Williams as found guilty of first-degree murder back in August of 2018.

A jury convicted another man, Micheail Ward, of pulling the trigger and killing 15-year-old Hadiya, who was an honors student and a drum majorette at King College Prep High School.

She and some classmates had gone to Vivian Gordon Harsh Park on the 4500 block of South Oakenwald Avenue on Jan. 29, 2013, and were taking cover from a rainstorm, when prosecutors said Ward opened fire.

Prosecutors said Ward thought he was shooting at rival gang members. Instead, he killed Hadiya.

The shooting happened a week after Hadiya had performed with her school band at President Barack Obama’s inauguration for his second term in Washington. Coincidentally, Hadiya had also appeared in a public service announcement about gang violence in late 2008.

Ward was sentenced to 84 years in prison in January 2019.

This article originally appeared on CBS 2 Chicago.

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