Two men get 100-year prison sentence in girl’s death
BY RUMMANA HUSSAIN Criminal Courts Reporter July 9, 2014 1:12PM
Updated: August 11, 2014 1:52PM
Ronald Henderson and Kevin Stanley dismissed 9-year-old Chastity Turner and other children as insignificant “insects” when they sprayed an Englewood street with bullets intended for the girl’s drug dealing father, Cook County Judge William Lacy said Wednesday.
“It doesn’t get any more senseless,” the judge said of the deadly drive-by before sentencing the gang members each to 100 years in prison for murdering Chastity and injuring Andre Turner and two others.
“You have put a new face on cowardice and evil.”
Henderson addressed Chastity’s family in court, expressing sadness over the girl’s death.
“There is no excuse for the incident and the loss of life,” the 34-year-old said.
But Henderson also stepped back from taking responsibility for the fatal June 24, 2009 shooting, saying there was an abundance of “fabrications,” “lies” and “inflammatory statements” made during his and Stanley’s trial last spring.
A third man, Davionne Whitefield, 22, is awaiting trial.
Chastity was a casualty of the drug turf war her Gangster Disciple father was embroiled in, prosecutors said.
She was washing her pit bulls in front of his house in the 7400 block of South Stewart Avenue when shots were fired from the stolen van careening down the street.
Chastity’s mother said she doesn’t “hate” Henderson and Stanley, 31, and is forgiving them so she can have “peace in my heart.”
However, in her victim impact statement, Lakeisha Edwards also told the pair, “You gave my baby no mercy.”
“There will be no more hugs or kisses,” Edwards said in her statement.
“I will never see her smile or hear her laugh. You took everything of her away from me.”
Chastity’s aunt said the sentencing provided closure for her family.
“She [Chastity] can rest in peace knowing that the people who put her there are gone,” Antinique Edwards said following Wednesday’s hearing.