A man found guilty in the 2017 fatal shooting of a semi truck driver in Oak Brook, Illinois, was sentenced to prison on Monday.
Former tow truck driver Anthony Tillmon, 40, was sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of Florida-based trucker Eduardo Munoz, 43, according to a news release from DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin. Tillmon will be required to serve 100% of his sentence before he could be eligible for parole.
In May 2022, Tillmon was convicted on one count of First-Degree Murder following a five-day-long bench trial.
The shooting occurred on April 21, 2017, at approximately 4:50 p.m, as Munoz was operating a tractor trailer eastbound on I-88 in Oak Brook, Illinois.
According to Berlin, Munoz and Tillmon became involved in some sort of road rage incident on the interstate.
“Shortly thereafter, near the I-294 Interchange, Tillmon pulled his vehicle alongside the driver’s side of Munoz’s semitrailer, pointed a handgun at Munoz and pulled the trigger, hitting Munoz three times as he was driving. Following the shooting, Tillmon exited the highway and sped away,” the news release stated.
Munoz was able to safely pull off onto the side of the interstate. He was later found in the cab of his truck suffering from gunshot wounds. Munoz was transported to a hospital and later pronounced dead.
An investigation by Illinois State Police led to Tillmon, who turned himself in to the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office on April 25, 2017.
Tillmon has been in prison since 2017 on a $3 million bond. He will receive credit for time served.
“Anthony Tillmon, in a complete display of disregard for public safety, opened fire during rush hour on a crowded highway and murdered a man he had never met simply because he could not control his anger” Berlin said. “Truck drivers have an extremely stressful job and for someone to violently take the life of a man who was just trying to make an honest living is inexcusable. This senseless loss of life drastically changed the lives of Eduardo’s family and friends, who are now left with only their memories of Eduardo to see them through their days. I wish them all strength, particularly at this time of year as they once again celebrate the holidays without Eduardo. I thank the Illinois State Police and Director Brendan Kelly for their outstanding efforts on this case which enabled my office to bring a strong prosecution against Mr. Tillmon, ultimately resulting in today’s sentence. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Joseph Lindt, Nick Catizone and Matthew Dambach for their work in holding Mr. Tillmon responsible for the murder of Eduardo Munoz.”