Men Sentenced to 50 Years For Killing 13-Year-Old Boy

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    Aramis Beachem and Jamal Streeter could have faced up to 60 years in prison.

    Two men were sentenced to 50 years in prison for the murder of a 13-year-old boy on a crowded South Side basketball court in 2011.

    Jamal Streeter, 21, and Aramis Beachem, 24, were convicted in January on first-degree murder charges for the shooting death of Darius Brown at Metcalfe Park.

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    Aug. 4: Stephanie Brown says she's found a bit of peace knowing that her son, 13-year-old Darius, died playing the game he loved. (Published Friday, Oct. 14, 2011)

    Brown was the unintended target of gunfire from a passing car. He was struck in the back.

    Police say the two men were members of the Gangster Disciples, and fired at least nine shots from the passenger side of a car with the intention of shooting rivals of the same gang, but from a different faction.

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    As family and friends embraced, basketball teammates of Darius Brown retired the jersey of a boy who had dreams of making it to the NBA. (Published Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011)

    A third defendant, Vito Richmond, is awaiting trial.