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Gunman gets 68-year sentence in fatal shooting of 13-year-old boy

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Vito Richmond / photo from Chicago Police

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A gunman who shot and killed a 13-year-old boy as he played a game of pickup basketball in a South Side park was sentenced to 68 years in prison Wednesday.

Vito Richmond, 20, was convicted last month of murdering Darius “Bay Bay” Brown; the trial was held before Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan.

Two others — Aramis Beachem and Jamal Streeter — also were convicted for the boy’s murder.

A third man, Clarence Whitelow, was sentenced to probation on a weapons charge for providing the .380-caliber gun Richmond used in the Aug. 3, 2011 shooting, court records show.

Darius was playing basketball at Metcalfe Park in the 4200 block of South State Street when Beachem, Streeter, Richmond and a fourth person who has not been charged pulled up in two separate vehicles, prosecutors said.

Darius was shot in the back of the head as gunfire sprayed across the park.

Another man who was wounded in the shooting has since recovered, prosecutors said.

Darius wasn’t the intended target and was caught in crossfire in an ongoing gang war between rival Gangster Disciple factions, police said at the time.

Keith Daniels, an informant in the case who helped lead investigators to Beachem and Streeter, was himself gunned down by an escaped parolee in April 2013 after being revealed as an informant in unsealed federal court documents.


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