CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago man who was convicted of first-degree murder in the 2012 killing of a 7-year-old girl was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in prison.
Jerrell Dorsey, 33, was sentenced by a Cook County judge, following his April conviction in the shooting of Heaven Sutton outside her home. He was one of two gunmen who opened fire on rival gang members on a West Side street, striking the girl near a homemade stand where she would sell candy.
Dorsey told the judge that his heart went “out to the family, but I’m innocent.” Heaven’s mother, Ashake Banks, told Dorsey that he had lied for years and should not say he was remorseful, adding, “You’re going to hell.”
Prosecutors say the gunmen had targeted two brothers and shot one of them, Marquis Monroe, in the leg. Judge Ursula Walowski gave Dorsey a 50-year sentence for Heaven’s slaying and a 10-year sentence for wounding Monroe.
Defense attorney Michael Walsh had argued there was no physical evidence tying Dorsey to the crime.