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Twitter reacts to rapper Tay-K’s sentencing in a capital murder case



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:



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.




CBS Dallas-Fort Worth




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