UPDATE: Teen's Sentence Not Reconsidered in West Side Murder

UPDATE 8/21/14 @ 5:30 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager's sentence for his role in a murder case in Charleston will not be reconsidered.

Naquil Sayles, who is 18, was sentenced last week to five years in prison, for being an accessory to murder, and one-to-five years for showing reckless indifference for the safety of others.

Sayles pleaded guilty in July to his role in the shooting death of Tymel McKinney, 18. He was gunned down at his home on Sixth Street.

A murder charge was dropped as part of a deal for Sayles to plead guilty to the charges.

Sayles was only 17 at the time of the crime. Since he is now 18, a judge could have reconsidered his sentence, but denied that motion.

UPDATE 8/14/14 @6:55 p.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager who pleaded guilty in connection to a murder on Charleston's west side in April is headed to prison.

On Thursday, Naquil Sayles, 17, was sentenced to 5 years in prison for accessory after the fact to murder and one to five years for reckless indifference to safety. It was the maximum sentence, and one the prosecution asked for.

Sayles pleaded guilty in July to his role in the shooting death of Tymel McKinney, 18. He was gunned down at his home on Sixth Street.

Sayles was originally charged with murder, but that charge was dropped as part of the plea deal.

The two men charged with murder in McKinney's death, Darrel "D.J." Carter and Mark Gaddy, have both pleaded not guilty in the case. They are scheduled to be back in court on September 8th.

In the courtroom on Thursday, Sayles seemed to show remorse to McKinney's family.

"I know sorry ain't gonna' do much," said Sayles. "But, I'm trying. I'm sorry."

Before sentencing was handed down, Sayles said he wanted to turn his life around. He even talked about possibly going to school.

"I could get my mom and my granny, my kids, and my family something to be proud of about me."

The defense asked the court to take Sayles' remorse into account before handing down the sentence, along with his young age and minor role in the crime.

Tymel McKinney's mother, Deanna, told the court that she tried to do just that.

"I wanted to have compassion and sympathy for Naquil," said McKinney. "Due to his age and due to the fact that he didn't get out of the car."

But, Deanna says it was posts Naquil made on Twitter that changed all of that.

"He's taking pictures, happy. Talking about he's 'not no snitch,' and he's not snitching, he's not this and that. And that really hurt me."

Naquil turns 18 next week. The judge says there will be another hearing on August 21st to reconsider the sentence.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A teenager made a plea deal in a murder case out of Charleston's West Side.

According to documents filed in Kanawha County Circuit Court, Naquil Sayles, 17, pleaded guilty Tuesday to accessory after the fact to murder and fleeing with reckless indifference in connection with the shooting death of Tymel McKinney.

McKinney was shot and killed outside his home on Sixth Street back in April.

Sayles was originally charged with murder. That charge was dropped as part of the deal.

His case was transferred from juvenile to adult status before the agreement was made Tuesday.

Sayles will be sentenced August 14.

Mark Gaddy and Darrell "DJ" Emmett Carter Jr., are charged with murder. Their cases have been sent to the grand jury.

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