Cook County Judge Thomas Tucker convicted Gavin of murder, but found Bowen guilty of aggravated battery with a firearm. Gavin is still awaiting sentencing, but Tucker sentenced Bowen to 12 years in prison Monday at the Maywood courthouse.
Assistant State's Attorney Paul Joyce said Bowen was driving in Maywood with Gavin a few blocks from the courthouse when they noticed a car following them. They pulled over and had a confrontation with Winters over a shooting incident involving Winters' nephew the day before.
Winters was shot during the confrontation and lay on the ground calling 911 with his cell phone. Bowen drove around the block and returned to where Winters was injured and Gavin got out and shot him in the head, killing him where he lay in the grass, said Joyce, who had asked for an extended sentence of 60 years.
During the hearing, Bowen turned to face Winters' family and apologized. He also asked for his mother's forgiveness for "putting you through so much."
Bowen's sentence did not sit well with Winters' family. When the judge announced the 12- year sentence his step-mother shook her head and started crying. As she was led out of the courtroom into the hall she wept and said there was no justice.
Bowen will be required to serve at least 85 percent of the term but has already been incarcerated for more than five years. Gavin's next court date is June 4.