By JORDAN OWEN
Chicago Sun-Times Wire
A South Side rapper has been sentenced to 38 years in prison for the 2014 slaying of livery driver Javan Boyd just blocks away from U.S. Cellular Field.
Judge Vincent Gaughan handed down the sentence Monday to 21-year-old Courtney Ealy for the Feb. 22, 2014, shooting, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office. Ealy performs rap music under the name Cdai
Ealy and 19-year-old Clint Massey, who performs as RondoNumbaNine, were part of a group looking for retaliation for a previous shooting when they took three cars to the Wentworth Gardens apartment complex in the 3700 block of South Princeton, prosecutors said.
Ealy and Massey got out of their vehicle when they spotted Boyd in the driver seat of a car parked on the block. They walked up to the passenger side, asked Boyd where he was from, then opened fire, shooting the 29-year-old seven times, prosecutors said.
Boyd, who had been waiting for a customer, was taken to Stroger Hospital, where he later died, authorities said.
Ealy, of the 300 block of East 60th Street, dropped his cellphone at the scene before he and Massey returned to their car and the group drove away, prosecutors said.
Chicago Housing Authority surveillance cameras caught the shooting on video; and police recovered Ealy’s fingerprint from the window of Boyd’s car, prosecutors said.
The shooters were arrested in the weeks after the attack and both were convicted of first-degree murder. Massey, of the 6600 block of South Honore, is scheduled for sentencing June 14.