Teens Who Killed Man After Throwing Sandbag From Overpass Won't Serve Jail Time
The family of Marquise Byrd, who was killed when a group of teens threw a sandbag from a bridge in Ohio, is distraught that the kids will not serve jail time.
The 22-year-old, of Michigan, died after the group, who were all 13 or 14, dropped the sandbag from an overpass onto Interstate 75 in December. Byrd died three days after the incident.
The teens previously pleaded guilty in juvenile court to charges of murder, manslaughter and vehicular vandalism.
All four boys, whom InsideEdition.com has chosen not to identify, will go to the youth treatment center for at least eight months.
The four convicted teens apologized in court to the victim's family.
Lillian Diallo, the attorney for Byrd’s family, expressed her disapproval after the hearing, reports said.
“What madness is this? Where we don’t have to take responsibility for whatever age we are? What is this?” Diallo asked.
Byrd’s mother, Patricia Wilkes, said despite the sentence, she’ll still never be able to see her son again.
“This incident has disrupted my entire life, my entire family,” Wilkes told the Toledo Blade. “Now, my life is in shambles. For one, every day I wake up and I go to sleep thinking about my son lying there in that hospital bed.”
Byrd was engaged at the time of his death and leaves behind a 2-year-old son.
Byrd's death was similar to that of another Michigan man, 32-year-old Kenneth White, who died when five teens allegedly threw several rocks off Interstate 75 in October.
The teens, Kyle Anger, 17, Alexander Miller, 15, Mark Sekelsky, 16, Mikadyn Payne, 16, and Trevor Gray, 15, were charged with second-degree murder and will be tried as adults.