Teen Rapper Tay-K Sentenced To 55 Years In Prison For Murder
Rapper Taymore “Tay-K” McIntyre was sentenced to 55 years in prison Tuesday.
His sentence comes after his role in the 2016 shooting death of a Texas man during a robbery gone wrong.
McIntyre, who was 16 at the time, was tried as an adult. He was convicted on Friday of murder and was sentenced to 55 years as well as a $10,000 fine for charges related to the death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker.
He was also found guilty on three counts of aggravated robbery and sentenced to 30 years in prison for one charge and an additional 13 years each for the two remaining charges.
Prosecutors said that McIntyre, who is now 19, was the mastermind behind the robbery, organizing it, and recruiting the man who ultimately shot and killed Walker.
During the trial, prosecutors attempted to shed light on McIntyre’s violent tendencies, pointing to two separate incidents he is wanted in that allegedly occurred while he fled from authorities in the Walker case.
While on house arrest, McIntyre cut his ankle monitor and fled to Elizabethtown, New Jersey, where his record label is based.
McIntyre was involved in Arlington robbery in May 2017 that left one person severely injured. He also faces a capital murder charge in San Antonio for the shooting of a photographer the same year.
The rapper became known for his single “The Race” which appeared on Billboard’s Hot 100. The song was based on his escape from house arrest. He was arrested by U.S. Marshals the day after the video for the song was released.