Joliet man gets 34 years for beating, choking 16-month-old boy to death in 2005

November 19

JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that a Joliet man has been sentenced to 34 years in prison for the murder of a 16-month-old boy in 2005.

Dymarion T. Porter, 28, was sentenced on Wednesday, Nov. 19 by Circuit Judge Richard Schoenstedt for beating Jordan Gentry to death. Judge Schoenstedt found Porter guilty of the murder following a bench trial in October 2007.

Porter struck and choked Jordan while he was watching the child on Oct. 31, 2005. Jordan was the son of Porter’s girlfriend at the time of the murder.

A forensic pathologist testified the child died from internal bleeding that resulted from blows to his stomach. He also testified there was bruising on the boy’s upper stomach in the shape of adult knuckles. And there were bruises on the boy’s neck and chin.

“Dymarion Porter is a callous and brutal monster who snuffed out the life of an innocent little boy,” State’s Attorney Glasgow said. “The judge’s sentence will put Porter behind bars for a long time where he won’t have an opportunity to harm another child.”

Porter must serve 100 percent of his 34-year prison sentence.

Assistant State’s Attorneys Steve Platek and Tina Filipiak prosecuted the case against Porter. The child’s murder was investigated by the Joliet Police Department and Detectives Linda Odom and Brian Lewis.