A Chicago teenager will be well into middle-age by the time he gets out of prison due to his role in a vicious knockout game death. Nicholas Ayala, 18, was sentenced last week to 27 years in prison after pleading guilty last week to murder and robbery in the death of disabled 62-year-old Delfino Mora. The incident took place in July 2012 and Ayala has been incarcerated while waiting for trial.
Prosecutors said Ayala cornered Mora in a back alley one morning, where the disabled 62-year-old was collecting cans to help support his family. He eventually announced “I think I’m gonna knock out this b*tch” and began recording the attack on his phone. After punching Mora once in the jaw, the man fell to the ground and hit his head on the concrete. Ayala took $60 from his wallet and fled the scene. Mora was eventually discovered three hours later and died that day at the hospital.
In a stunningly dumb move, Ayala posted his video of the attack to Facebook. A co-worker of one of Mora’s sons saw the post and reported it to investigators, who eventually tracked the teen down. At his conviction last July, Cook County Criminal Court Judge Joseph Claps said it was “a sad travesty that Mr. Delfino Mora died because of the actions of people … who were apparently thinking what they were doing was a game.”
Two other accomplices in the attack,Anthony Malcolm and Malik Jones, also pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and robbery. Malcolm is currently serving out a 30-year sentence while Jones is awaiting trial.
(Photo: Cook County Police Department)