Tay-K has been sentenced to 55 years in prison after being found guilty of murder, the Fort Worth Star Telegram and CBS’ Fort Worth affiliate report. The 19-year-old rapper was also sentenced to 30 years in prison on one count of aggravated robbery and given two additional 13-year prison sentences on two other counts of aggravated robbery. In addition, Tay-K was fined a total of $21,000, according to the Star Telegram’s Deanna Boyd. Tay-K’s sentences will run concurrently, according to the Star Telegram.
A Tarrant County, Texas jury found Tay-K guilty of murder last Friday, July 19. The rapper was accused of participating in a botched July 2016 home invasion robbery that left 21-year-old Ethan Walker dead. Tay-K was 16 years old at the time of the incident.
Tay-K rose to fame in 2017 after he released the music video for his song “The Race,” which he recorded while on the lam. The same day that Tay-K shared the video (June 30, 2017), he was apprehended by the United States Marshals Service in Elizabeth, New Jersey. “The Race” was certified as platinum last year.
Tay-K is facing a capital murder charge in Bexar County, Texas, where he allegedly shot and killed a 23-year-old photographer named Mark Anthony Saldivar. In addition, he is facing three lawsuits: a wrongful death lawsuit from Saldivar’s mother, a lawsuit from Ethan Walker’s parents and Zachary Belaote (who was also harmed in the July 2016 home invasion robbery), and a lawsuit from Owney “Skip” Pepe and his wife Barbara. The Pepes claim that Tay-K assaulted Skip in a park in May 2017.
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