32 Years in Prison for Murder of Chicago Teen

Was justice served in the latest sentence in the videotaped beating death of Chicago honor student Derrion Albert?

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Police patrol Fenger High School in Chicago. (Getty)

The Associated Press is reporting that the last of five suspects convicted in the brutal 2009 videotaped beating death of a Chicago teenager was sentenced to 32 years in prison.

A jury convicted 20-year-old Lapoleon Colbert of first-degree murder in June after hearing a tape of a police interrogation during which he admitted to kicking 16-year-old Derrion Albert in the head and stomping on him while he lay defenseless on the ground, the AP reports.

The fight was near Fenger High School on the city's South Side, where Albert and Colbert were students. A cellphone video posted online captured Albert's attackers punching, kicking and slamming him over the head with large boards and, finally, stomping on his head.

Colbert reportedly apologized to Albert's family in the courtroom and pleaded with the judge for leniency in his sentencing. "This is my first offense; have mercy on me," Colbert said in court, standing to face the family, the AP writes.

Isn't that something? The man who admits to stomping a defenseless child on the head pleads to the judge for mercy while facing the victim's family. It's mind-boggling, because with some mercy, Albert would still be here. It's also sad, because this 20-year-old didn't just end the life of that young man; he also ruined his own. Has justice been served?

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