A prostitute was sentenced last Thursday to 15 years in prison for the second-degree murder of Brother Rice High School teacher Al Filan in his Orland Park home.
Alisha Walker, 23, was convicted of the crime Jan. 14 in the same Bridgeview courtroom of Judge James Obbish. At most, she could have been sentenced to 20 years.
Filan, 61, taught at Brother Rice for nearly 40 years, heading the school's business studies department, and coaching basketball and soccer. He also had coached soccer at Andrew High School for more than 10 years.
Following the sentencing, people posting on a Facebook page entitled Remembering Al Filan, argued that she got off easy. She will be credited with the two years she has already served since being arrested in a Fort Wayne, Ind., motel soon after Filan’s body was found in his home on Jan. 18, 2014.
Walker will also be entitled to day-for-day credit toward her sentence.
“Only 15 years for murdering another person. Where is the justice in this? She will be out in six to seven years. Our justice system does not value life anymore,” commented Bill Dekker.
According to testimony given at her trial, Walker stabbed Filan 14 times after they argued inside his home in the 9400 block of Georgetown Square. She and Filan met through the website Backpage.com, and had previous sexual encounters.
They had allegedly arranged for Walker to bring another prostitute with her, which she did. Prosecutors maintained that Filan agreed to pay the women $150 each for a half-hour of sex.
But according to reports, Filan argued because the woman did not look like the person advertised in Backpage.com.
Walker’s attorney, Patrick O’Byrne, asserted that Walker acted in self-defense after Filan’s request for a threesome and unprotected sex was denied.
Walker said in a taped statement to police that was played at her trial that Filan physically attacked her, and she wrestled the knife from him.
But prosecutors said there were no defensive wounds on her when she was interviewed five days later.
Filan's family asked that Obbish impose the maximum sentence.
Addressing the family, Walker is quoted as saying in her only statement from the stand, "I never intended for this to happen. All I can do is apologize to you.”