A Cook County jury on Tuesday found a south side man guilty for his role in the beating death of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert.
Eugene Riley, 20, was convicted after fewer than two hours of jury deliberations.
Riley testified Monday that his role in the melee, which was recorded on video, was one of defense. He said he was trying to protect his younger brother.
"Eugene Riley’s involvement could have ended but it doesn’t," said Assistant State’s Attorney James Papa said in his closing arguments earlier in the day, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "… He finished [Albert] off.”
Riley is one of five people charged and the fourth convicted in connection with the Sept. 2009 beating. A fifth man, Lapoleon Colbert, awaits trial.
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