Silvonus Shannon, 20, is one of four defendants charged with felony
murder for the September 2009 death of Derrion Albert, 16. Albert was kicked,
stomped and beaten to death in an attack that was caught on video. Last
month, a co-defendant was found delinquent in Cook County Juvenile Court,
following a short trial by jury. Shannon is the first defendant to be
tried as an adult in this case.
Although prosecutors allege that Shannon repeatedly kicked Albert in the
head and took a flying leap, landing on Albert's head, Shannon's
lawyer, Robert Bynam, stated that Shannon was an unwilling participant
in the fight. Bynam said that Shannon initially tried to separate some
of the combatants involved in the fight between students from Altgeld
Gardens, a Chicago housing project and students from The Ville, the neighborhood
surrounding the development. Bynam further said that Shannon himself was
struck during the fight and that Albert was one of his attackers.
Shannon is facing felony murder charges and trial as an adult. If you or
someone you know is facing criminal charges or
juvenile charges of any kind in the Chicago area, one of the most important things
you can do is hire a competent attorney to protect your interests.
Chicago criminal defense lawyer at my law offices today and get the legal help you need in the face of
your or a loved one's charges.