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Two men get 24 years for beating death at Bridgeview gas station

Matthew Doolan / phofrom Cook County Sheriff's office

Matthew Doolan / photo from Cook County Sheriff's office

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Updated: May 12, 2014 6:38AM



Two men convicted of fatally beating a southwest suburban man during a fight at a Bridgeview gas station in 2010 were sentenced Thursday to 24 years in prison.

Judge John Hynes sentenced Matthew Doolan and Stephen Miller to 20 years in prison each for murder, plus four years each for vehicular hijacking, at a hearing at the Bridgeview courthouse, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said.

Doolan and Miller had pleaded guilty to fatally beating Adam Abdallah, 27, during a confrontation at a Shell station at 87th Street and Harlem Avenue, prosecutors said.

Miller flashed gang signs at Abdallah and his friends about midnight, then Miller and Doolan began fighting with them, prosecutors said previously. They hit Abdallah in the head with a jug of windshield washer fluid, and another man in the face with a bottle as he lay on the ground, prosecutors claimed.

Abdallah, who police said was not involved in any gang activity, died shortly afterward at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.

A third suspect, Marchello Cappelletti, pleaded guilty to vehicular invasion and was sentenced in November to eight years in prison. Cappelletti never made contact with Abdallah but was charged based on the theory of accountability because he was present with his friends, his attorney said at his sentencing.

Abdallah’s parents filed a civil lawsuit in 2012 claiming the owner of the gas station should have cleared the parking lot of loiterers, including the suspects.

“It just appears that they could have taken stronger measures to prevent this by having appropriate security,” the family’s attorney, James Karamanis, said in 2012. “It’s just a tragedy that never should have happened.

“He just wanted gas,” Karamanis said of Abdullah. “They literally pulled him out of the car. He didn’t even want to get out of the car.”

The suit against the suspects, Shell Oil Co., Shell Oil Products Co., Equilon Enterprises, RDK Ventures, Mac’s Convenience Stores, Circle K Stores and Alimentation Couche-Tard is pending in Cook County Circuit Court, according to court records.

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