A Cook County judge today sentenced a man to 32 years in prison in the 2009 videotaped beating death of Fenger High School sophomore Derrion Albert, marking a legal end to the case that made worldwide news after the brutal video went viral on the Internet.
Lapoleon Colbert, 20, kept his hands folded on the defense table and frowned as Judge Nicholas Ford imposed the sentence at the end of a long lecture.
"We don't do a good job raising these children!" Ford said, his voice booming in the courtroom. "They can slip away from us just as Lapoleon is going to slip away from his parents, and the way Derrion slipped from his."
In June, Colbert was the fifth and final person to be convicted of first-degree murder in Albert's September 2009 death during a brawl near the school between rival groups of youths.
Colbert, at the time a senior at Fenger with no criminal record, was seen on the infamous video kicking Albert in the head and then stomping on his body as he lay defenseless on the pavement, prosecutors said.
The melee broke out among Fenger students from the Altgeld Gardens public housing complex and rivals from "The Ville" neighborhood near the school.
Four others have already been convicted of murder and sentenced in Albert's death. Eugene Riley, 20, received 32 years in prison last month; Eric Carson, 18, has been sentenced to 26 years in prison; Silvonus Shannon, 21, received 32 years in prison; and a 15-year-old boy was found guilty in Juvenile Court and will remain imprisoned until his 21st birthday.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun