January 08, 2014
Joliet man gets 45 years for 2009 Lois Place murder
JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgowannounced that a Joliet man has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for themurder of a man inside the Lois Place apartment complex in 2009.
A jury in August found Jesus Zambrano, 23, guilty offirst-degree murder for the killing of Robert Gooch on May 22, 2009. Anotherman, Pedro Sanchez, also of Joliet, already has been convicted of murder inconnection with this shooting and is serving a 61-year prison sentence.
Zambrano and Sanchez confronted Gooch at the apartment ofGooch’s girlfriend, Ellissa Hinton, according to trial testimony. Hintontestified she was having sex occasionally with Sanchez, but that she wouldn’tallow their relationship to go further by leaving Gooch.
Hinton testified she and Gooch had watched the NBA playoffsand had gone to bed on the night of the murder. Later that evening, Goochanswered the apartment’s buzzer while she remained in the bedroom. Shetestified she heard Sanchez’s voice in the living room and someone saying “mygirl” just before she heard a single gunshot.
She went to the living room to find Gooch lying on the floorbleeding from the head. An autopsy revealed Gooch died from a gunshot wound tothe back of the head. Gooch’s two young children were sleeping on a sofa bed inthe living room at the time of the murder.
“These two thugs committed an act of despicable brutality bygunning down an unarmed man while his two children were asleep in the sameroom,” said State’s Attorney Glasgow. “Jesus Zambrano has been taken off ourstreets thanks to a first-rate investigation by the Joliet Police Departmentand top-notch trial work by prosecutors DanWalsh and Tricia McKenna.”
The prosecutors entered into evidence security tapes fromthe apartment complex showing Zambrano and Sanchez arriving at the parking lotin Sanchez’s car, getting out of the vehicle and then returning to the carbefore driving away. A witness testified he saw Zambrano retrieve an objectfrom under the hood of the car before the two entered the apartment complex.Zambrano and Sanchez were caught on video running from the building after Goochwas shot