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Burbank man gets 8 years for role in death of man in fight

Marchello Cappelletti  |  Cook County Sheriff's office photo

Marchello Cappelletti | Cook County Sheriff's office photo

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Updated: November 7, 2013 6:20PM

A Burbank man was sentenced to eight years in prison Thursday after admitting his role in a fight that turned deadly at a Bridgeview gas station in 2010.

Marchello Cappelletti never made contact with Adam Abdallah but because he was present with his friends, he was charged based on the theory of accountability, Cappelletti’s attorney Teresa McAdams said.

On Thursday, Cappelletti, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular invasion at the Bridgeview courthouse in the plea agreement he made with Cook County prosecutors.

Cappelletti’s co-defendants, Stephen Miller, 22, and Matthew Doolan, 28, were convicted of murder two weeks ago and are awaiting sentencing.

McAdams said the fight between Abdallah and his friends and the three convicted men wasn’t overly violent but she said Abdallah, who suffered from cardiac arrhythmia, collapsed during the incident on June 23, 2010.

Cappelletti’s friends initiated the attack at the Shell gas station, authorities said at the time.

Miller flashed a gang sign at Abdallah, 27, and his friends, and then Miller and Doolan started beating the other men, authorities said.

Even as he lay on the ground at the gas station, in the 8700 block of South Harlem, Abdallah was hit in the head with a jug of windshield washer fluid and a bottle. Abdallah, also from Burbank, died a short time later.

He had no gang ties, authorities said.

“He just wanted gas,” Abdallah’s family’s attorney James Karamanis told the Chicago Sun-Times in 2011. “They literally pulled him out of the car. He didn’t even want to get out of the car.”

Karamanis is representing Abdallah’s relatives in a pending civil lawsuit against Cappelletti, Doolan and Miller and the parent companies of the gas station and attached minimart where Abdallah was attacked.


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