“She didn’t deserve any of this”: sentencing in Trinity Gay murder case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)- A Lexington murder case that received attention across the country is finally over.

Four men were sentenced Wednesday for their role in the murder of 15-year-old Trinity Gay.

Each of the four men found guilty in the case received a different sentence, ranging from probation to 20 years behind bars. None of it is enough, according to Trinity Gay’s family.

To Trinity’s family, it took everything in me to put my thoughts on paper,” D’Markeo Taylor said after turning to Trinity Gay’s family in the courtroom to read an apology letter.

“She didn’t deserve any of this. I still see her big smile. Every day, I wish I could go back and live that night all over again,” Taylor said.

That October 2016 night at the Cook Out parking lot on South Broadway, police say 15-year-old Trinity Gay was an innocent bystander, shot and killed as two groups fired at each other.

“Standing here in front of you in this orange jumpsuit. It’s not who I am,” Taylor told Judge Ernesto Scorsone.

Scorsone sentenced D’Markeo Taylor to probation for his role in the murder. That’s what Lamonte Williams received as well.

As part of his probation, Williams will have to write a lengthy letter to Gay’s family. Neither will be allowed to have a gun and both must do community service. Both Williams and Taylor were found guilty on wanton endangerment charges.

That’s what Dvonta Middlebrooks was convicted of too, but he’s been found guilty of other felonies. The judge sentenced him to 15 years behind bars.

Taylor’s father, Chazerae, received the longest sentence, 20 years, for wanton murder and wanton endangerment.

“I still every day think about other ways I could’ve went about it and I apologize. I loved
Trinity very much. She was special in my life and my condolences go out to the family,” Taylor said.

Do not even ask Trinity’s mom, Shoshana Boyd, if this brings her closure.

“How do you get closure when they don’t even know who killed your child?” Boyd said.

She is relieved the trial is over. She says she knows no one wins here, but says she’s the only one who has to go to the cemetery for Christmas.

“Me and Tyson have to go to the cemetery every single holiday, every birthday so honestly, I don’t care about how they feel about anything because they get to see their loved ones. I don’t,” Boyd said.

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