Maximum Sentence For Juvenile In Derrion Albert Case

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 15-year-old boy convicted in the beating death of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert was sentenced to a juvenile detention center until he turns 21, the maximum sentence for a juvenile.

If the unidentified teenager breaks any rules while in juvenile detention, he must serve 30 years in prison as an adult, Cook County Juvenile Court Judge Colleen Sheehan ruled Tuesday.

Sheehan acknowledged that the 15-year-old hadn’t meant to seriously harm honor student Derrion Albert in the Sept. 24, 2009, attack that was caught on a cellphone video that was widely seen on the Internet.

But, “Even though you didn’t intend to do that, you are responsible for his death,” Sheehan said

The teenager, 14 at the time of the attack outside Fenger on the Far South Side, could be released from juvenile detention before age 21 but must serve at least five years behind bars under terms of his sentence.

He can be seen on the video punching Albert in the face, sending him crashing to the pavement.

Albert died after being punched, kicked and struck by wooden boards in broad daylight.

The 15-year-old was found “delinquent” — guilty in juvenile court terminology — of murder last month.

Last week, a Cook County jury found another suspect in Albert’s death, Silvonus Shannon, guilty of murder. Three others are awaiting trial.

On Tuesday, Albert’s mother, Anjanette Albert, told the teen that he “stole” her gift when he killed her son. “You helped destroy a family.”

The boy apologized to the family.

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • Vicky

    Justice served? I don’t think so.

  • TheSentenceMakesItAboutRace

    Yes you are right justice has not been served. This young man is being railroaded by a corrupt Cook County State Attorney’s Office. Derrion Albert was just as responsible for his own death as the young men who beat him to death. He placed himself in that situation. But, to sentence this young boy who was fourteen at the time of this incident to jail time is not fair after this jerk of a judge states that the young boy hadn’t meant to seriously harm Derrion Albert.

    • Only if you take a narrow view

      If this were a white person you would not be saying this. It is not always about intent, rather the result. If I killed your mother while driving under the influence of alcohol I would be charged with vehicular manslaughter – he killed a boy while beating him to death, so he should be punished for his crime; I would hope more fully than this.

  • Rayjmike

    No matter where Derrion Albert was, he still did not deserve to die in the violent and savage way that he did. Has the this guy not knock him to the pavement, he might have been still alive today. You ought to be thankful that he’s only getting five years and not life. After all, he cause a life to be taken.

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