He Chose Poorly
A man who was 7 when he and another boy were the youngest people in the country to be charged with murder was sentenced today to 52 years in prison in a 2006 double-shooting, prosecutors said.
Romarr Gipson, now 21, and the other suspect were later exonerated in the 1998 slaying of 11-year-old Ryan Harris.
But in 2010, he was found guilty of attempted murder and other charges in a 2006 double-shooting in south suburban Calumet Park. Markham Branch Court Judge Brian Flaherty today sentenced him to 52 years in prison, for which he must serve 85 percent of his time, said Andy Conklin, a spokesman for the Cook County state's attorney's office.