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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

February 4, 2014

Teen Pleads Guilty To 2012 Murder And Robbery Of Elderly Man

The second Chicago teen charged with the murder of a 62-year-old man in a brutal attack that was videotaped and posted on Facebook has pled guilty to the crime and been sentenced to 27 years in prison for his role in the murder, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Nicholas Ayala, 18, of Chicago, pled guilty to First Degree Murder and Robbery in the 2012 murder of Delfino Mora on Chicago’s Northwest side.   Cook County Judge Joseph Claps sentenced Ayala to 20 years for the murder and 7 years for the robbery for a total of 27 years to be served consecutively during a hearing today at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building. 

According to prosecutors, in the early morning hours on July 10, 2012 Mora was in an alley collecting items to be salvaged in the 6300 block of North Artesian when he was attacked by Ayala and co-defendants Malik Jones and Anthony Malcolm.  The three defendants surrounded the victim and Jones punched Mora in the face.   Mora then fell to the ground and the back of his head hit the concrete. 

Malcolm and Ayala recorded the incident on a cell phone and all three defendants ran from the alley, leaving Mora lying on the pavement.  Prosecutors said Jones and Ayala later returned to where the victim lay bleeding in the alley and took money from his wallet.  Approximately three hours later, Mora was found lying unconscious in the alley.  He was taken to the hospital, where he died the next day as a result of injuries he sustained from the attack. 

According to prosecutors, the attack was later posted on Jones’ Facebook page and Jones was identified as one of the offenders.  Video obtained from Jones’ cell phone showed the attack, including when Jones hit the victim and the sound of the victim’s head striking the concrete.

Co-Defendant Malcolm was convicted of First Degree Murder and Robbery charges last year and is currently serving a 30 year prison sentence in the Illinois Department of Corrections.  Jones, the third co-defendant, is awaiting trial.    

State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys James Murphy, Risa Lanier and Lorraine Lynott and the Chicago Police Department for their work on the case.

 

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