30-year sentence for teen in taped beating death of Delfino Mora
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter September 12, 2013 1:16PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 7:07AM
Anthony Malcolm was always a “down to earth” respectful young man who made his family breakfast, babysat his sisters’ children and helped his father run his North Side video store, the teenager’s relatives and friends said Thursday.
The Senn High School ROTC cadet often told his retired teacher aunt she wouldn’t have to worry about him because he aspired to be a Chicago Police officer and eventually an FBI agent.
Malcolm is so considerate, his younger brother said, that when the two saw an injured homeless man, Malcolm gave the vagrant money and called 911.
But when it came time to help the 62-year-old disabled Mexican immigrant his buddy allegedly cold-cocked in a West Rogers Park alley, Malcolm bailed, leaving the older man like trash as he fought for his life, Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney James Murphy said.
Malcolm, who recorded Delfino “Don Valle” Mora’s deadly attack on his cell phone in a video that ended up on Facebook, was sentenced to 30 years in prison Thursday.
While Malcolm may not have thrown the fatal punch or rifled through Mora’s pockets like his friends Malik Jones and Nicholas Ayala allegedly did, he was just as culpable of the July 10, 2012 crimes, prosecutors said.
Malcolm, who turns 20 on Monday, gave his “sincere apologies” to Mora’s family for targeting the hard working man in the twisted “Pick ‘em out, knock ‘em out” game he was playing with the two others that morning.
“I could feel your pain,” the teenager said in a quivering voice looking at Mora’s family. “I’m truly sorry. . . . It was something I never wanted to happen.”
Defense attorneys and over a half dozen relatives and friends told Judge Joseph Claps that Malcolm’s actions last year were an aberration and the result of “peer pressure.”
“He [Malcolm] was and is a good kid who was at the wrong place at the wrong time with the wrong people,” Malcolm’s attorney Deborah Brown Lee said.
While Claps acknowledged that “good people do bad things,” he said it was “unfathomable” that Mora was beaten as he collected soda cans — a task that he did every morning to earn a living.
“He [Malcolm] helped a homeless guy. Why couldn’t he help my dad?” Mora’s youngest child, Angelica Mora, 18, said after the sentencing.
Emmanuel Mora, who testified in court about the “nightmare” of losing his “lovely” music-loving father, said he wished Malcolm the best but wouldn’t say if he forgave him.
“They [Malcolm’s family and friends] said many positive things about him but that’s not going to switch or change what he did,” said Emmanuel Mora, 21.
Ayala and Jones, both 18, are awaiting trial for allegedly robbing and murdering Mora.