Photo: Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office/AP
Rapper Tay-K (born Taymore McIntyre) has been sentenced to 55 years for the murder of 21-year-old Ethan Walker. The MC was back in a Texas courtroom Tuesday, July 23 where a Tarrant County jury decided his faith. The sentence includes 30 years in prison and a $5,000 fine on one count of aggravated robbery and two 13 years in prison and a $3,000 fine for the remaining two counts of aggravated robbery related to the home invasion. Tay-K was one of seven defendants — three juveniles and four adults — accused in the robbery and fatal shooting. The now 19-year-old’s sentences will run concurrently, according to CBS Dallas-Fort Worth.
Before his sentencing, Tay-K was convicted Friday, July 19 of murder and three aggravated robbery charges related to a 2016 home invasion in Mansfield that resulted in the death of Walker. In court, prosecutors argued that while Tay-K did not pull the trigger that killed Walker, he knew the robbery would result in someone getting harmed. Walker was shot in the stomach during the home invasion. The rapper’s lawyer Jeff Kearney stated Tuesday, July 16 that his client already “accepted responsibility” for the robbery through his plea. Kearney believes the evidence wouldn’t support Tay-K’s awareness that his accomplice Latharian Merritt “was going to go in and intentionally kill for no reason.”
Law officials also allege that Tay-K robbed and fatally shot 23-year-old Mark Saldivar at a Chick-fil-A in San Antonio April 2017. The following month, Tay-K allegedly attacked and robbed 65-year-old Skip Pepe who was walking along Fish Creek Trail in Arlington’s Cravens Park. The incidents took place while he was on the run from police. He was taken into custody in June 2017 in New Jersey. Since Tay-K’s incarceration, he reportedly started a “Rug-Rats” gang in jail and was charged with possessing a cellphone inside a correctional facility.
Check out how Twitter users responded about his sentencing below:
This man TayK Robbed people, Beat up a old white man and killed a nigga and did the race and y’all saying free him???……Good because me too 😂 #FreeTayK
— uChé🌙 (@StiffChe) July 25, 2019
55 years is way too long free Tay K
— Rich Slime (@_slimesito) July 23, 2019
Free Tay K. Dat boy ain’t deserve no mf 55 years. Fuck Da Judge. https://t.co/lcQ5nFfWlN
— stunna boy. 🐝🌟 (@WARHOLSS) July 24, 2019
the tears of an innocent man falling at the hands of a judicial system who failed not only him but his entire race, Tay K cries for the people not for himself https://t.co/WcwHXfc7DO
— VIЯAL (@mazenigma) July 20, 2019
“Nah Tay K is a monster. We all have choices in life and he chose to do that. Now he gotta deal with the consequences. No sympathy from me” pic.twitter.com/LTOeejnHSt
— healing and peace (@QGotNoRings) July 23, 2019
While the MC’s fans defended Tay-K and felt that the judge’s sentencing was too harsh, other users felt no empathy for the rapper.
“FREE TAY K HE AINT DO NOTHIN WRONG”
any logical human being on earth: pic.twitter.com/yNcNCWgl4E
— joseito el morenito (@jaaystation) July 19, 2019
Ain’t tay K MURDER 2 people? Why y’all niggas already saying “free tay k” pic.twitter.com/tA50CSqbRd
— whitney (@taesaura) July 19, 2019
You’re sick if you feel bad for Tay K he is a M U R D E R E R pic.twitter.com/1JPse8YNIb
— nyagoah 🇸🇸 (@nyagoah1) July 25, 2019
Tay K’s sentencing is a prime example of why y’all “shooters” or “goons” should reconsider being dumbass fools flexing guns and shooting shit and then bragging about it online. Shit is sweet til your dumbass is facing a life sentence and you’re crying wishing you could be home.
— Chano (@BobbyEsco_) July 19, 2019
Tay K beat a man over 80 years old to death for a couple bucks in the dudes pocket, murdered someone in a Chik Fil a drive thru (basically like killing someone in church) and has multiple other murder cases still pending. “Free Tay K” AINT IT, but the lost potential is sad to see
— Alex Linskey (@ALinskey97) July 20, 2019
CBS Dallas-Fort Worth