American Rapper Tay-K has been sentenced to 55 years in prison and a $21,000 fine for murder.
Tay-K, whose real name is Taymore McIntyre, appeared in court on Tuesday where he was also fined $10,000, according to Fort Worth Star-Telegram, for his involvement in a home invasion and robbery in Mansfield, Texas that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker in 2016.
In addition, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison and a $5,000 fine on one count of aggravated robbery and to 13 years in prison and a $3,000 fine for two other counts of aggravated robbery related to the home invasion, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and WFAA reported. The sentences will run concurrently.
Tay-K will have to serve at least half of the 55-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole.
Although Tay-K did not pull the trigger, prosecutors argued that he was just as responsible considering he knew the plan to steal drugs and money from the house where Walker was, CBS Dallas-Forth Worth reported. Prosecutors said Tay-K also knew the incident could end with someone being shot.
Walker was fatally shot in the stomach after he told the group of robbers, including Tay-K, that he didn’t have any drugs or money, according to CBS Dallas-Forth Worth. Walker’s roommate Zachary Beloate was wounded but survived.
At the time of the incident, Tay-K was just 16 and he, along with six other people were arrested in July 2016 on capital murder charges.
He was later placed on house arrest until his hearings. However, before that, he cut off his ankle monitor and went on the run in 2017, CBS Dallas-Forth Worth reported.