Man sentenced to 32 years for beating caught on video

March 24, 2011

by The Associated Press

(AP Photo/Chicago Police Department, File)
Silvonus Shannon

A judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 32 years in prison in the fatal beating of a high school honors student that was caught on video.

Circuit Court Judge Nicholas Ford sentenced 20-year-old Silvonus Shannon today for his role in the September 2009 beating death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert. Shannon asked Derrion's family to forgive him. But the boy's mother, Anjanette Albert, said there was no way she could forgive Shannon. The judge said he gave Shannon a longer sentence because Albert was defenseless on the ground when Shannon struck him.

Shannon was convicted in January.

Two teens have also been convicted in Albert's death and two others still face charges in the attack, which drew widespread condemnation when the video of the street brawl was posted online.