Murdered Officer's Family Furious Cop Killer's Sentence Was Reduced To 40 Years

The family of fallen Chicago Police Officer Brian Strouse doesn't think his killer, Hector Delgado, should get a break.

Chicago, IL – A man who murdered a Chicago police officer when he was 16 years old was resentenced to only 40 years in prison on Monday.

Chicago Police Officer Brian Strouse was working as a plainclothes tactical officer at about 2 a.m. on June 30, 2001 when he encountered Hector Delgado in an alley, the Officer Down Memorial Page reported.

Officer Strouse was shot once in the head and once in his bullet-proof vest.

The officer was transported to the hospital but the wound to his head proved to be fatal, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Delgado was convicted of first-degree murder on Sept. 17, 2003 and sentenced to natural life in prison.

But the U.S. Supreme Court banned life sentences for juveniles in 2012, so Delgado was back in court on Nov. 4 seeking a reduced sentence, WFLD reported.

In 2012, the court held that teenage killers couldn’t automatically be sentenced to life without parole.

“Mandatory life without parole for a juvenile precludes consideration of his chronological age and its hallmark features — among them, immaturity, impetuosity, and failure to appreciate risks and consequences,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote in the decision, according to WTOP.

And then four years later, in 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court made that ruling retroactive, opening up the door for numerous prisoners sentenced as juveniles to have their life sentences reviewed, WRC reported.

Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood resentenced Delgado to 40 years in prison after two hours of testimony, WFLD reported.

The judge said it was the maximum sentence he could impose on a juvenile.

With the reduction in sentence, Delgado will likely be released before he is 57 years old, according to WFLD.

The family of Officer Strouse attended the hearing and expressed outrage at the new sentence.

"You commit a crime, I don't care what age you are, 16 years old, out at two in the morning, a 40-caliber weapon shooting at police, you got what you got the first time,” the officer’s sister, Cindy, told WFLD.

The police union was also in the courtroom gallery for the decision.

"Today, they only gave 40 years to a person who murdered a police officer in uniform, performing his duties, trying to make the city safer. There was an injustice that happened again here today,” Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said.

What’s more, the cop killer could end up serving even less time than his new sentence indicated, WFLD reported.

Delgado’s public defenders said they are still fighting the battle to reduce the cop killer’s sentence.

They explained that there is an ongoing appeal of day-for-day time for juveniles that could mean Delgado would be free in a couple of years if the judge permits it to be applied to his case, WFLD reported.

Prosecutors and victims all over the United States have been batting with judges over the resentencing of violent offenders who were juveniles when they murdered people.

Perhaps the most famous juvenile killer seeking resentencing is Beltway Sniper Lee Malvo.

Malvo was 17 years old in 2002 when he helped his adult partner target and kill 10 people in the Maryland, DC, Virginia metropolitan area, WRC reported.

The shootings, which went on over a three-week period, paralyzed and terrified the region.

Now Malvo’s attorneys have said their client deserves a new trial because of the same court ruling that ended up reducing Delgado’s sentence.

The state of Virginia has argued that Malvo was not sentenced to a “mandatory” term because the judge in his case had the option to suspend part of his prison term, but opted not to.

So that case went to the U.S. Supreme Court, who heard arguments in October and is expected to rule later this year.

Comments (47)
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Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

“...attorneys have said their client deserves...” if your client got what they deserved the likes of you would have to take up house painting in the summer to supplement your income. Corpses don’t have a great need for your administrative talent to pull rabbits from hats - just ask the families of the murdered what they are left with.

LEO0301
LEO0301

If he makes it out of jail early, it wouldn't surprise me if he got a dose of well deserved karma the moment he hit the streets.

tfort
tfort

If he has served his time established by Supreme Court, then he should serve the required time and be released. Look at Jason VanDyke, he only got 7 years.

Patriot63
Patriot63

Once found guilty Cop killers are supposed to get life nothing less. It should be the death sentence served within 6 months no later. That's what will make others think twice.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

eh, 40 years sounds about right for this particular crime. Glad they made the reduction.

wallywoo3
wallywoo3

I am a STRONG BELIEVER in AN EYE FOR AN EYE!!!!!! This POS killed a LEO and should NOT get a reduced sentence....ANYONE who kills NO MATTER if they are 16 or 61 SHOULD get the MAXIMUM penalty...PREFERABLY THE DEATH PENALTY.....This crap would NOT happen so often if they were tried, convicted and executed within a 6 month period of time....BUT INSTEAD...some POS public defender and some POS judge, along with some POS liberals want to get these HARD CORE CRIMINALS a glass of warm milk and a cookie, read them a bedtime story and tuck them safely into bed.....WHILE EVERY COP OUT THERE PROTECTING THIS COUNTRY AND THESE POS POLITICIANS, JUDGES AND KILLERS PUT THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EVERYTIME THEY PUT THAT BADGE ON.....THIS CRAP IS SOOOOOOOOO WRONG!!!!!!!

Raymelson
Raymelson

This is unacceptable an sad the family has no recourse

HonorYourHeroes
HonorYourHeroes

I hope someone makes that murderers life worse than he did to that Family.

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

The only question that needs to be answered for a convicted Police murderer is “Regular or Extra Crispy”⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️

61mouse
61mouse

They should be thankful they didn't have a.bleeding heart judge and let him out right there and then

Marxest
Marxest

That is unfortunate. I grieve for Officer Strouse's family, it was a terrible thing that happened to him. But I pray that they get over their pain and anger, because it doesn't matter that they are upset. I'm upset that those former police officers and Texas white devils Roy Oliver and Amber Guyger got light sentences for murdering an innocent black teenager and an innocent black man, respectively. (I guess you get a light touch when your a white police officer that commits a crime, whatever that crime might actually be.) Justice isn't always served. The Strouse family should just shut up and be grateful that the criminal is going to spend most of his life in prison.

reibertpa
reibertpa

Adult crimes should be mean adult punishments. If that cold-hearted POS can shoot another person, in uniform or not, they should be getting the death penalty, but behind bars for life is what we'll have to settle for. He shouldn't be allowed out till he qualifies for Social Security.