A father and son convicted of killing of the elder man’s girlfriend in 2011 have been sentenced to a combined 145 years in prison.
Devin Bickham Sr., 42; and Devin Bickham Jr., 23, were convicted in May of first-degree murder in the death of Chervon Alexander, 29, of Chicago, who was fatally shot while sitting in a car in River Forest on July 11, 2011, according to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
Bickham Sr. was sentenced to 95 years in prison Thursday, while his son was sentenced to 50 years in July, according to a statement from prosecutors.
A third man charged in the murder, Cardell Taylor, 38, is currently awaiting trial.
The elder Bickham, a former North Chicago police officer, was involved in a romantic relationship with Alexander, who began pressuring him to leave his estranged wife and marry her, prosecutors said. To avoid being found out, he devised a plan to have his son and Taylor carry out the murder.
On the night of July 11, 2011, Bickham Sr. drove Alexander to Dominican Priory Park in River Forest and parked the vehicle, prosecutors said. About 10:20 p.m., Taylor arrived and fired several shots into the passenger side of the car, striking Alexander in the head, chest and shoulder.
Taylor drove off after the shooting in a car with Bickham Jr. as the getaway driver, prosecutors said. Police said the elder Bickham was the first person to call 911, reportedly to cover his involvement in the crime.
Both Taylor and Bickham Jr. were arrested by Forest Park police within a mile of the crime scene. Prosecutors said at the time that after they were stopped, Taylor said, “I want the rest of my money now.”
A .38 caliber handgun was found in the car and several witnesses identified the vehicle as being at the crime scene, prosecutors said.
North Chicago police said the older Bickham had worked for the department more than a decade earlier and only for a short time.