Wortham Killers Get Life
- The murder of Chicago Police Officer Thomas Wortham IV not only affected his family and his South Side community, but hundreds of others whose lives he touched, a Cook County judge told a packed courtroom Wednesday before sentencing two men to natural life in prison without parole.
The nearly two-hour sentencing of Paris McGee, 25, and Toyious Taylor, 34, marks the first time Cook County has allowed cameras inside a criminal courtroom.
Both men faced mandatory life sentences after separate juries convicted them in simultaneous trials in November.
Wortham was killed on May 19, 2010, in a botched robbery outside his parents’ home near 85th Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
Before sentencing, Wortham’s father, retired Chicago Police Officer Thomas Wortham III called his son, “Tommy,” a man who “stopped and stepped up” for everyone he met.
He said his son spent his entire life helping others. Wortham, 30, died just a month after returning from his second tour of duty in Iraq.
“My life will never be the same,” Wortham III said.
No one's will be Sir. God bless you all.
Labels: officer down