CHICAGO - Two gang members who were convicted in the 2015 execution-style revenge killing of a 9-year-old boy were sentenced to a combined 155 years in prison Wednesday.
Dwright Boone-Doty, 25, and Corey Morgan, 31, were found guilty of first-degree murder by two separate juries in October for the slaying of Tyshawn Lee, the young son of a rival gang member whom the duo deliberately hunted down.
Boone-Doty, who was the gunman, was sentenced to 90 years in prison and Morgan, who hatched the revenge plot to kill the fourth grader, received 65 years behind bars.
"Where does this stop? Where does this mind-numbing, senseless violence stop? It stops with grandmas, mamas and innocent children trying to play at a public park," Judge Thaddeus L. Wilson said as he handed down the sentence, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. "Grandmas, mamas, kids and all are not fair game, and they matter to us."
Prosecutors read aloud a victim statement written by Tyshawn's grandmother and great-grandmother in court as the two women wiped away tears, according to the newspaper.
"All Tyshawn wanted was to grow up and be loved. You murderers took that from him," the statement read. "The words 'in cold blood' does not do justice."
However, defense attorneys tried to shift the focus to the childhood of the two convicted men to extract leniency, the newspaper reported.
The sister of Boone-Doty described him as a "troubled" yet "helpful, protective brother" who came from an "impoverished childhood." He was like Tyshawn and loved basketball but turned to the streets after his grandfather, who raised him, passed away.
Morgan also had a difficult past, his attorneys said. While he was raised by a loving mother, his father was a crack addict who once stole his Christmas presents from under the tree.
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