A 19-year-old man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday for the beating death of a 62-year-old Chicago man that was recorded on a cell phone and uploaded to Facebook.
Anthony Malcolm was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery for his role in the attack that killed 62-year-old Delfino Mora.
According to prosecutors, Malcolm and two other co-defendants last July decided to play a game they called “Pick ‘em out, knock ‘em out.” The three targeted Mora who was in an alley in the West Rogers Park neighborhood collecting cans to sell for cash.
“I’m sorry,” Malcolm said in court. “I can feel your pain.”
One of the teens, Malik Jones, punched Mora and knocked him unconscious then stole his money. The father of 12 and grandfather of 23 died the following day.
Malcolm recorded the attack on a cellphone and uploaded the video to Facebook.
Judge Joseph Claps said Malcolm is an accessory not only for videotaping the attack but also because he never reported the attack to authorities.
“He left him in the alley like a piece of garbage," said prosecutor James Murphy. “To them it was funny, they laughed.”
Malcolm’s family believes he should not go to prison for holding a cellphone.
“He was a studious child. Respectful,” Malcolm’s aunt and retired Chicago Public Schools teacher Rosemary Rodriguez said. “I never saw anything else but that.”
Despite the family's pleas, Malcolm was sentenced Thursday to 22 years for murder and eight more for robbery.
“It should be no surprise good people do bad things,” Claps said. “There are two Anthony Malcolms. There must be a deterrent for people who choose violence for some past-time.”
The remaining two defendants are still awaiting trial.