BREAKING NEWS: 19-Year-Old Texas Rapper Tay-K Sentenced to 55 Years in Prison for 2016 Murder During Home Invasion

Teenage rapper Taymor McIntyre was sentenced for the murder of a man who was shot and killed during a home invasion in 2016. (Photo: AP)

Texas rapper Tay-K has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for murder.

The 19-year-old, whose legal name is Taymor McIntyre, was charged in the 2016 death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker, who was shot and killed in his own Mansfield, Texas, home during a robbery.

McIntyre was also sentenced to 30 years in prison for one count of aggravated robbery and 13 years each for two other counts of aggravated robbery, in addition to $21,000 in fines Tuesday, according to the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office.

The sentences will run concurrently.

McIntyre was found guilty Friday after prosecutors said he organized the home invasion and recruited the man who shot and killed Walker. (The trigger man was sentenced last year to life in prison.)

McIntyre rose to fame with his 2017 single “The Race,” recorded while he was a fugitive, which appeared on Billboard’s Hot 100. In the song, McIntyre raps about running from the police.

The song’s music video, which features the rapper posing next to his own wanted poster, has more than 174 million views on YouTube.

SOURCE: USA Today, Cydney Henderson


Rapper Tay-K 47 Sentenced to 55 Years in Prison for Murder of 21-Year-Old Father During 2016 Home Invasion Robbery

Rapper Tay-K 47 was sentenced to 55 years in prison and a $10,000 fine Tuesday for the 2016 murder of a 21-year-old father during a home invasion robbery in Mansfield.

The Tarrant County jury also sentenced Tay-K, whose real name is Taymor McIntyre, 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 the remaining two counts of aggravated robbery related to the home invasion.

The sentences will run concurrently.

McIntyre has appealed.

The jury deliberated about three hours before reaching its verdict.

McIntyre was convicted Friday of murder and three aggravated robbery charges related to a 2016 home invasion in Mansfield that left Ethan Walker, 21, dead and his roommate, Zachary Beloate, wounded.

McIntyre, who was 16 when the murder occurred but was later certified to stand trial as an adult, faced five to 99 years or life in prison on each conviction.

He will have to serve at least half of the 55-year prison sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

After the verdict, Richard Walker, Ethan’s father, took the stand and thanked jurors and State District Judge Wayne Salvant before addressing McIntyre.

“I have tried to live a good life and I know hate is a very negative emotion but right now there are three people I hate,” Richard Walker said. “One is the planner, one is the person who pulled the trigger and one is the person who profited off of this and saw this as a career move.

“Every lyric to ‘The Race’ is stained with my son’s blood. Every ‘free Tay-K’ T-shirt that was ever sold has my son’s blood on it,” he said, referring to the rapper’s platinum hit about his run from authorities.

Walker indicated he believes McIntyre fled to Elizabethtown, New Jersey, because of its close proximity to 88 Classic, the company that signed a label deal with McIntyre after his capture.

He said McIntyre’s actions will forever affect the lives of himself and his wife, Walker’s young daughter, Walker’s girlfriend, and Beloate. Walker’s girlfriend was present when Walker was shot without provocation.

“You’re still here. My son is gone. He’s a box of ashes sitting in my living room,” he told McIntyre.

Walker told McIntyre that beyond the courtroom, “there’s an entire group of unnamed victims here.”

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SOURCE: The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Deanna Boyd



Rapper Tay-K sentenced to 55 years after murder conviction for 2016 Mansfield home invasion

A teenage rapper from Arlington was sentenced Tuesday to 55 years in prison for his part in the murder of a Mansfield man during a 2016 home-invasion robbery.

Taymor Travon McIntyre, 19, who goes by the name Tay-K, had been charged with capital murder in the death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker. A Tarrant County jury found him guilty Friday of the lesser charge of murder, as well as one count of aggravated robbery for the shooting and robbery of another man.

McIntyre also pleaded guilty last week to two additional counts of aggravated robbery related to other victims of the home invasion.

He was sentenced to 30 years on one of the robbery counts and 13 years on each of the other two, and ordered to pay a total of $21,000 in fines. The sentences will be served concurrently.

During the trial’s sentencing phase, defense attorney Jeff Kearney noted McIntyre’s musical abilities and asked for lenience, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

“He has a chance. Let’s not throw him away,” he said. “He is worthy of redemption.”

Prosecutors pointed to McIntyre’s brash behavior both in and out of custody and argued that he enjoyed the infamy from Walker’s slaying.

“Your verdict puts a price on a human life,” prosecutor Bill Vassar said, according to the Star-Telegram. “When you come out here and you read that verdict, you are telling this family what their son’s life is worth.”

McIntyre was among seven people charged in Walker’s slaying, which took place at a home where police had previously performed drug investigations. Authorities believed the robbery was drug-related.

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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News, Tom Steele