Tuesday (January 10, 2011), a jury convicted a second person associated with the brutal 2009 beating death of 16-year-old Chicago student Derrion Albert.
Silvonous Shannon was convicted of first-degree murder for his part in the beating that was caught on video.
Shannon and his defense attorneys claim he was acting in self-defense, but the video shown to jurors appeared to depict otherwise.
The video shows a group of young people kicking and hitting Albert.
At one point, someone slams a board into Albert’s head, and then Shannon appears to prepare to kick the fallen teen.
But Shannon told jurors he had no recollection of striking Albert.
Whether he actually kicked the defenseless teen was obstructed from view of the camera by another teen, but it was enough for the jury to believe he dealt the final blow.
Last month, a jury convicted a 15-year-old of first-degree murder in the beating, following a two-day trial.
As a part of the mob that beat Derrion to death, the 15-year-old landed a single punch to Albert’s face that prosecutors successfully contended was the start of the late teen’s ending.
Stories conflict as to what started the September 2009 brawl that left Albert, a Fenger high school student, dead.
Some accounts say he was a willing participant in a fight between two warring factions.
Others say the honor student was beaten for refusing to join a local gang.
The case was a startling example of escalating violence that claimed the lives of more than 20 Chicago public school students in a six-month period.
Shannon faces a maximum sentence of up to 60 years in prison when he returns to court Feb. 14.
The 15-year-old faces the same charges when he is sentenced on January 18.
Three more people still face charges in the attack.
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