Nicholas Ayala, one of three Chicago teens charged with murder for fatally beating a 62-year-old man in a game of “knockout,” has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.
The trio attacked Delfino Mora, a Mexican immigrant and father of 12, in an alley in July of 2012 in a game of "Pick 'Em Out and Knock 'Em Out.”
Ayala, who plead guilty to his role in the first-degree murder, is the second of the three men to be sentenced. The other, Anthony Malcolm, 20, has begun serving a 30-year term. The third, Malik Jones, will soon tried as an adult.
Jones, who was 16 at the time, initiated the attack. According to trial evidence he confronted Mora, who was collecting cans, and said, “I think I’m going to knock out this (expletive).” He then began to record a video on his cell phone.
Malcolm ended up with the phone while Jones punched Mora in the jaw so hard that he fell and hit his head on the concrete. Jones then took $60 from Mora’s wallet. The teens can be heard laughing as they leave the scene.
Three hours later Mora was found unconscious. He died in the hospital the next day from his injuries.
One of Mora’s sons found the damning evidence of the attack—the cell phone video— on Facebook.
"I think they are heartless. Why they would do this to a guy, older guy, 62? You know, I don't know. It is so painful," said Jose Mora, one of the victim’s sons.
CBS Chicago reported that the incident was at least the third in a year in which teens attacked random passerby and then posted videos of the brutality on social media.
"It is a sad travesty that Mr. Delfino Mora died because of the actions of people … who were apparently thinking what they were doing was a game," said Cook County Criminal Court Judge Joseph Claps when he sentenced Malcolm last July.