Viral sensation Tay-K 47 has been sentenced to 55 years in prison for the murder of a 21-year-old man during a 2016 home invasion, The Fort Worth Star Telegram reports.
Tuesday, the Texas rapper, born Taymor McIntyre, was found guilty of murder by a Tarrant County jury in the death of Ethan Walker, and will have to serve 30 years on one count of aggravated robbery and 13 years for two remaining counts related to a home invasion. The sentences will run concurrently.
Though just 16 years old at the time of the murder, McIntyre was later cleared to stand trial as an adult and had previously faced five to 99 years in prison on each conviction.
In 2017, while awaiting trial for the crime, the aspiring rapper chronicled evading authorities on his platinum-selling record “The Race.” The song, which peaked at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100, was later presented as evidence against McIntyre as part of his murder conviction.
Prosecutors argued that the track’s accompanying video was a clear depiction of his character and the threat he poses to society.
McIntyre still faces a number of other charges for separate incidents allegedly committed while he was on the run. The 19-year-old has been charged with capital murder for the shooting death of 23-year-old Mark Anthony Saldivar, who was killed in the parking lot of a San Antonio Chick-Fil-A.
He is also accused of attacking 65-year-old Skip Pepe in Arlington’s Cravens Park and is charged with aggravated robbery.
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