Eyewitness testimony, a grainy video and comments like, “The tape didn’t show me land on his head” were all it took for a jury to convict a 2nd Chicago man in the brutal murder of teen honor student, Derrion Albert.
— A Cook County jury Tuesday night convicted a man in the 2009 videotaped slaying of a high school honor student whose death sparked a national debate on youth violence.
The jury of nine men and three women deliberated about 3 1/2 hours before finding Silvonus Shannon, 20, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Derrion Albert, 16.
The verdict, announced about 9:30 p.m., marked the second conviction in the high-profile case. Last month a 15-year-old boy was found delinquent in juvenile court. Three other defendants, all charged as adults, are awaiting trial.
Shannon cried softly at word of the verdict. His mother, Tamaray, began to weep as deputies led her son away. He faces 20 to 60 years in prison.
Albert’s mother, Anjanette, bowed her head slightly when the verdict was read.
Shannon testified that Albert threw the first punch in the September 2009 melee. He denied jumping on Albert’s head but apologized for his role in the fracas.
The trial centered on the grainy, shaky videotape in which prosecutors said Shannon could be seen kicking toward Albert’s head twice while he lay defenseless on the street. In the video’s last seconds, Shannon leaped into the air. Prosecutors say he stomped on Albert’s head with both feet.