27-year sentence for teen in taped beating death of ‘Don Valle’

Written By BY LEEANN SHELTON Staff Reporter Posted: 03/06/2014, 06:59am
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One of three men accused of fatally beating a 62-year-old man in an attack that was recorded and posted on Facebook was sentenced to 27 years in prison Tuesday after he admitted his role in the crime.

Cook County Judge Joseph Claps sentenced Nicholas Ayala to 20 years in prison for Delfino “Don Valle” Mora’s murder.

Ayala, 18, of the 6300 block of North Talman Avenue, also received an additional seven years in prison for the robbery tied to the July 10, 2012 incident.

Ayala and Anthony Malcolm used a cellphone to record video while their friend, Malik Jones, allegedly punched Mora in the face in a West Rogers Park alley in the 6300 block of North Artesian.

The teens were playing a game called “Pick ’em out and knock ’em down,” which Assistant State’s Attorney Terry Clancy described in court as a “game where the offender picks an innocent victim and knocks him out by striking him and likely robbing him as well.”

Mora, a father of 12, was collecting empty cans when he was attacked about 5 a.m., the Sun-Times reported at the time. Mora, who lived in the 6000 block of North Washtenaw, fell and hit the back of his head on the concrete.

The teens left him lying bleeding on the pavement, and Jones and Ayala returned to take money from his wallet, prosecutors said. Mora was found unconscious three hours later and taken to a hospital, where he died the next day, authorities said.

The teens were arrested after the video was posted to Jones’ Facebook page. Authorities also found the recording on his cellphone, prosecutors said.

Malcolm, 20, was convicted of first-degree murder and robbery, and is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence.

Jones, now 18, is awaiting trial.

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