Chicago, Illinois– The mother of Derrion Albert stood in a cramped courtroom Tuesday and told the boy about to be sentenced in her son’s infamous beating murder that an apology wasn’t necessary. Cook County Juvenile Court Judge Colleen Sheehan sentenced the boy to a detention center until he turns 21, the maximum possible in Juvenile Court. With good behavior, he could be released on parole in November 2014, when he will be 19.
“There is no apology you could ever offer me that could make me forgive you,” said Anjanette Albert, choking back tears. “You helped steal not just a part of myself; you helped destroy a family.”
But moments later, the 15-year-old defendant responded very softly that he wanted to “extend his apologies” to the family of the Fenger High School sophomore — even if they didn’t want to hear it.