Man Gets 32 Years In Derrion Albert Beating Death

Updated 03/24/11 – 4:45 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — One of the young men convicted in the beating death of Fenger High School honor student Derrion Albert was sentenced to 32 years in prison on Thursday.

Silvonus Shannon, 20, faced between 20 and 60 years in prison for his first-degree murder conviction in the 2009 beating death of Derrion Albert, which was captured on cell phone video and seen around the world.

Cook County Judge Nicholas Ford sentenced Shannon to 32 years in prison Thursday afternoon.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports, Shannon offered an apology to Derrion’s family and asked their forgiveness. But Derrion’s mother, Anjanette Albert, said there was no way she could forgive him.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s John Cody reports

Ford said he gave Shannon a longer sentence because Albert was defenseless on the ground when Shannon hit and kicked him.

Shannon’s attorneys have asked for a new trial, after the young man’s attorneys learned seven jurors left a note with the verdict, appealing for a lighter sentence.

Shannon’s attorneys are using Ford’s failure to disclose that fact in their request for a new trial.

One of the jurors, Larry Feit, expressed doubts about the evidence. He said he was a holdout at first and had struggled to find Shannon guilty.

Derrion was an honor student at Fenger, 10220 S. Wallace St. On Sept. 24, 2009, he was walking home past the Agape Community Center, 342 W. 111th St., when he was caught in the middle of a fight between Fenger students who lived in “The Ville” neighborhood near the school, and students who lived more than four miles south in the Altgeld Gardens public housing development.

A mob swarmed around Derrion as he was trying to get home from school. Shannon was one of five arrested and charged in the killing which, was caught on a cell phone camera and went viral around the world.

Prosecutors said the tape captured Shannon kicking Derrion while he was on the ground, then jumping on his head.

Shannon’s defense argued that the video doesn’t show him actually striking Derrion.

Defense attorneys claimed Shannon himself was a victim of the brawl and that Derrion threw a punch at him before someone else knocked Derrion to the ground. They also claimed said Shannon was struck in the head during the melee and was dazed and didn’t know what he was doing.

Shannon was convicted by a jury on Jan. 11. He could face up to 60 years in prison.

A 15-year-old codefendant was sentenced to prison until he’s 21 on Jan. 19, while Eric Carson pleaded guilty to the murder on Jan. 21 and was sentenced to 26 years in prison.

Two others — Eugene Riley and Lapoleon Colbert — are awaiting trial in Albert’s death.

  • Tyrell

    These two little black African gangsters deserve the max. They make these other stories of alleged police misconduct look like child’s play. 40 to life sounds fair.

    • NWA


      The Lion received courage. The Tin-man received a heart. The Scarecrow received a brain. And, Dorothy even got to go home. What did you get? Good sense, education, what did you get?


    • Mike Leahy

      Tyrell, YOU ARE A RACIST

      • Tyrell

        Has nothing whatsoever to do with race. Did you see the murder video?

      • Craig

        Who the hell is Wendy?

    • Anglo-Saxon

      @NigWA, It seems that every time you make a comment, it is something abusive toward the other people commenting. Your comment is not called for and is offensive. Try and keep a civil tongue.

    • NWA


      No I won’t keep a civil tongue. Tyrell is a racist and I think someone should tell him off, so I did. And another thing, NWA stands for North-West Anglo-Saxon.


    • LittleOldLady

      Mr. NWA, I will say it again, I am very offended by your momma comment. You should feel ashamed of yourself. Wash out your mouth.

    • NWA

      @ LittleOldLady:

      Afro- Synthetic Phonics teaches the correct sound as “yo momma” not your momma. So, yo momma LittleOldLady. Bag!


    • Sam

      @NWA, Afro-synthetic phonics. Do you mean Nig…r talk?

    • Sam

      @NWA What is wrong with you? You have got to be the most hateful, racist negro I have ever heard. What happened to you? Did the prison gaurds mistreat you? Or was it the other inmates? Did you have a bad childhood? Almost every comment you make is something abusive toward other people commenting, rather than something relevant to the story. And since you ask, I didn’t get anything, I’m the wizard, the”Grand Wizard”.

    • Ree

      @NWA this is an aritcle on a defenseless boy. Why do you have such hate and call “little old lady” a bag??? You are real mature. We should be thinking about Derrion, not our selfish selves.

      Back to Derrion, those who beat him to death should have gotten life, but they will probably be back in jail anyway living off the tax payers. Although since they live in a public housing development, they are living off the tax payers already, no matter what they are living for free.

  • Ree

    It is so sad seeing someone trying to do something good and had this happen to him. I read in other articles that those who beat Derrion said that “oh I was protecting myself etc and only kicked him once” bull **** Then why didn’t you stop the fight or were you too scared that your other ‘brothers’ wouldn’t think you’re cool. So sad, but karma is a b**** and also the Lord will give them what they deserve whether it’s during this time or the next. If the people who did this get a lower sentence, they will get out of jail and do the same thing and will be right back in jail……watch it is true. My heart goes out to Derrion’s family.

  • learntoread

    If you read the caption under the photos, one on the left is the on the right is the victim.

    • roald

      Haters don’t care. Any Black face is enough to send them into rage.

  • Mike Leahy

    Hey David,
    Why not save your RACIST talk for when you get together with the boys at your next KKK meeting.

    • David

      Did you see the video of the crime? It says it all. And by the way, my next meeting isn’t until next month.

    • Mrs. Jones

      Well said Mike,

      Killer, Murderer are titles, not colors.

  • Nesha Doe

    You need to PRAY. it is clearly your brain is not fuctioning because you think bth of them are criminals. This is 2011 get yourself together, and let the racism go DUMB A**

  • Watching2011

    Lock em up. They had no problem kicking that poor kid to death. I dont care if they are black or white. They will make a nice wife for someone in prison.

  • A. Saxon

    Justice!! 32 years.

  • Darkk AnyGivensundae Brisco

    Chicago has got some really in the closet racist, and yes he should have gotten life!

  • Whitey Nutz

    Look it was a sick sis-a-fied thing these punks did…..And all you with this racist bull&^it .There is Trash in every community White,Black,Hispanic…etc and then there are people know the difference……

  • james

    i am a black man and i can’t walk in my own neighborhood. they should have gotten the max.sentece

  • Laura

    All this hate back and forth, this is the fuel that feeds today’s youth to do such unconscionable acts.
    where is the love people…

  • Sean


  • Annie

    Now what is he gona do in prison. Poor guy. So young and able to work. Surely his future is so dark. At this age he should not be killing anyone at all. We all wonder what kind of parents he had or what kind of teachers he llistened in order to murder some young person.
    God have mercy on his soul. Surely he is heading to hell in a hand basket unless someone tells hims about Jesus.

    • CDG

      This dumba$$ will never get out. He’ll probably kill in prison, and remain there. Unfotunately it’s too late for religion.

  • marsares

    wow, the end is near…..

  • Marika1970

    Derrion Albert ‘s life was a tragic loss to society. From what I’ve read, he was a brilliant young man who was destined to doing great things. Very sad to see that his life was snuffed out so cruelly. May whomever contributed to his death rot in he’ll. RIP Derrion, your loved ones have my sympathy.

  • Goebbels

    Wendy was probably censored by a CBS darkie.

  • Goebbels

    Wendy was probably censored by a CBS jig.

  • The Nation

    Craig, she was probably deleted by the CBS Negro censor.

  • kkk

    Probably censored by the dark side.

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