(CHICAGO) -- Silvonus Shannon, the 20-year-old Chicago man who fatally beat a high school honors student, was sentenced to 32 years in prison Thursday.
Shannon, convicted in January, was one of five people charged in the 2009 beating death of Fenger High School student Derrion Albert, which was caught on video.
Judge Nicolas Ford explained his sentence by saying that Shannon kicked Albert while the 16-year-old was defenseless on the ground.
Prior to his sentence, Shannon apologized to the Albert family and asked for forgiveness.
One of the co-defendants in the case, Eric Carson, received 26 years in prison.
Shannon's attorney plans to appeal the ruling.
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