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Offbeat 3 given lengthy prison terms for killing twin brother under South Side viaduct

17:11  29 june  2018
17:11  29 june  2018 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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Three friends were each sentenced to more than 30 years in prison Thursday for fatally shooting 15-year-old Demario Bailey as he walked with his identical twin brother under a long, dingy viaduct on Chicago's South Side in December 2014. Prosecutors charged that four teens in all had robbed two

The twin brothers fought back, and Demario was shot coming to his brother 's aid, Demacio Bailey testified at trial. In his testimony in Judge Timothy Joyce’s Cece also noted that Demacio Bailey had initially identified three others as the attackers in the viaduct . But police ruled out those three , saying

a person that is standing in the dark: A man walks through the 63rd Street viaduct west of South State Street Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Chicago. On Dec. 13, 15-year-old Demario Bailey was fatally shot in the viaduct during a robbery. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune) © John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune A man walks through the 63rd Street viaduct west of South State Street Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, in Chicago. On Dec. 13, 15-year-old Demario Bailey was fatally shot in the viaduct during a robbery. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune)

Three friends were each sentenced to more than 30 years in prison Thursday for fatally shooting 15-year-old Demario Bailey as he walked with his identical twin brother under a long, dingy viaduct on Chicago's South Side in December 2014.

Prosecutors charged that four teens in all had robbed two other victims under the viaduct at gunpoint shortly before Bailey and his brother, Demacio, came along.

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The twins fought back, and Demario was shot coming to his brother's aid, Demacio Bailey testified at trial last month.

On Thursday, Cook County Judge Timothy Joyce sentenced Tarik Brakes, identified by prosecutors as the gunman, to 45 years in prison. Brakes, 19, was convicted of Demario Bailey's murder, the attempted armed robbery of both brothers as well as the armed robbery of the two others.

Carlos Johnson, 20, who was convicted of those same charges, was sentenced to 37 years in prison, while Brakes' brother, Deafro, 21, who was convicted of the murder and attempted armed robbery of the twins, was given a 31-year prison term.

The fourth defendant, Isiah Penn, 21, also testified against his three former friends in exchange for a plea deal with prosecutors.

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Following the sentencing, the twins' mother, Delores Bailey, said no amount of time in prison - "life or beyond life" - would be enough for a mother.

"I didn't see any remorse at all in the courtroom," she said of the three defendants while outside the courtroom. "I haven't even been greeted with an apology."

a group of people posing for the camera: Center, Delores Bailey (black T-shirt) walks through the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, escorted by staff of the Cook County State's Attorney's office, and family members, after jurors delivered a guilty verdict against Carlos Johnson, and Deafro Brakes, for the murder of Bailey's 15-year-old son Demario, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Earlier in the afternoon, a guilty verdict had been delivered against Tarik Brakes. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune) © Nuccio DiNuzzo / Chicago Tribune Center, Delores Bailey (black T-shirt) walks through the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, escorted by staff of the Cook County State's Attorney's office, and family members, after jurors delivered a guilty verdict against Carlos Johnson, and Deafro Brakes, for the murder of Bailey's 15-year-old son Demario, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Earlier in the afternoon, a guilty verdict had been delivered against Tarik Brakes. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune) In handing down the sentences, Joyce contrasted the lives of the twins with the convicted killers.

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"You have two young men, Demario and Demacio, who are admirable beyond measure. Two young men brought up by a loving mother. Staying out of trouble. Keeping their noses clean," he said.

Then, he said, "you got four young men ... who embraced the thug life."

Separate juries decided the case because of competing defenses among the three. Both juries deliberated about an hour and a half each before convicting the three on all counts.

In his testimony at trial, Demacio Bailey identified Deafro Brakes as the attacker who grabbed his brother in the viaduct and said Tarik Brakes was close by when a shot was fired.

Shortly after the group took diamond earrings and a cellphone from their second robbery victim, Penn testified, he noticed Johnson struggling with a pair of teen boys across the street under the viaduct. He said he and Tarik Brakes, gun in hand, went over to help.

Demario Bailey pushed Brakes, who then shot him, Penn testified.

In exchange for Penn's cooperation, prosecutors have agreed to drop the first-degree murder charge he faces and recommend a sentence of 20 years in prison for armed robbery.

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The Bailey twins were so close that when Demacio had basketball practice that sunny Saturday afternoon, Demario tagged along on the walk to Johnson College Prep in the Englewood neighborhood even though he wasn't on the team.

Their route took them under the blocklong viaduct along 63rd Street near State Street.

Demacio is now in college studying sports management and still playing basketball. His mother said she didn't allow him to come to the sentencing because he "has been through enough. … I don't want him to keep reliving it."

Before the sentences were given, the mother read a victim impact statement about Demario. She remembered how he always asked her how she was doing when she got home from work and how he never hesitated to help carry their neighbor's groceries.

"He was my hero. He loved me. My friend. He was taken away from us too soon - three days before his birthday - just for being himself," she said. "For a real mother, there will never be justice to see her son buried before her."

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