We watched the system at work.

We watched the court proceedings and saw a judge dispense punishment in the beating of Steve Utash last spring.

We watched — and waited — for justice.

We’re still waiting.

Utash was 54 years old and weighed 155 pounds when he was attacked. He was beaten after he did what many drivers don’t: He stopped to check on a child he accidentally hit with his truck.

He was beaten so severely that doctors had to place him in a medically induced coma for 10 days. Within weeks, police found only four of the 12 to 20 men — and one teen — who set upon him near the corner of Morang and Balfour.

The men pleaded guilty, and their sentences — the last one announced in court yesterday — totaled 7.6 years.

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Wonzy Saffold, left, Latrez Cummings, James Davis and Bruce Wimbush are arraigned in the beating of Steve Utash in the Wayne County Circuit courtroom of Judge James Callahan on Apr. 28, 2014. / Mandi Wright/Detroit Free Press

So the bottom line is this: Utash, who was nearly killed by a mob on Detroit’s east side, will spend more time recuperating than the men who beat him will spend in prison.

And that’s a damn shame.

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