WBEZ | sentenced http://www.wbez.org/tags/sentenced Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Burge sentenced to 4 and a half years http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police/burge-sentenced <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Burgeheadstosentencing.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for lying in court papers about police torture.</p><p>In handing down the sentence Judge Joan Lefkow said the jury didn't believe Jon Burge when he testified at trial and neither did she. Lefkow&nbsp;said officers have lied in her courtroom before and they should know that's a risky thing to do.&nbsp;She gave Burge twice as much time as the sentencing guidelines called for, citing many letters from African Americans who believed 2 years would be a slap on the wrist.</p><p>Lefkow said she was particularly moved by a letter from a man who said he had been arrested and beaten into giving a false confession to police when he was seventeen.&nbsp;She said he's still in prison 30 years later.</p><p>Lefkow says she has immense respect for police noting their work investigating the murders of her husband and mother.&nbsp;But she said there was a dismal failure in leadership in the department that allowed Burge to continue beating up suspects and set the stage for his conviction.</p><p>Burge is scheduled to report to prison March 16th.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-police/burge-sentenced Teen gets 26 years in beating case http://www.wbez.org/story/beating-death/teen-gets-26-years-beating-case <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/shackles_getty.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>A judge in Chicago has handed down a 26-year sentence for a teen who pleaded guilty to participating in the beating death of a high school honor student that was caught on video.</p><p>Seventeen-year-old Eric Carson pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2009 death of 16-year-old Derrion Albert.</p><p>The Chicago Tribune reports that Carson wept in court Friday as he said goodbye to his family. The sentence was part of an agreement with prosecutors.</p><p>Carson was 16 at the time of the attack. He was seen on the video hitting Albert on the back of the head with a large board. Albert was then beaten and stomped by several other teens.</p><p>Two other defendants have been convicted in Albert's death, and two others await trial.<br /><br />&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:52:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/beating-death/teen-gets-26-years-beating-case