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Teenager’s sentence stands in West Side shooting case

The teenager who drove the getaway car in the gang-style shooting of Tymel McKinney earlier this year will spend six years in jail, a Kanawha County circuit judge reaffirmed Thursday morning.

Naquil Sayles was 17 at the time of the shooting. He was sentenced last week to the maximum amount of jail time for his part in the gunning down of McKinney on his West Side porch.

But Circuit Judge Duke Bloom said he would reconsider the sentence when Sayles turned 18. Sayles’ birthday was Thursday.

Police allege Mark Gaddy, 23, of Detroit and Darrell Emmett “D.J.” Carter Jr., 18, of Charleston, walked up to McKinney on the porch of his Sixth Street home on April 23 and shot McKinney multiple times in the face in a gang-style killing. Carter allegedly told police he had received orders for a “hit” on McKinney from superiors in his Detroit-based gang, Sex-Money-Murder.

Sayles drove the getaway car after McKinney was shot and killed. Sayles was initially charged with murder for his part in the shooting, but was allowed to plead guilty to lesser charges of accessory after the fact and fleeing with reckless indifference in exchange for a promise to testify against Gaddy and Carter. Bloom sentenced Sayles to five years in prison for being an accessory and one to five years for fleeing, to be served consecutively.

Dennis Bailey, Sayles’ defense attorney, told the judge this morning that nothing had changed in Sayles’ situation since his sentencing last week, but he renewed an earlier request to have Sayles serve his time at the Anthony Correctional Center for youthful offenders, where he can receive further education and job training.

“He’s had a hard life,” Bailey said.

His words interrupted by a severe stutter, Sayles echoed the request.

“I know that I’m going to have to do some time,” Sayles told Bloom. “I don’t want to waste five years of my life. I want to do something good for my life and get some job skills.”

Bloom declined, and reaffirmed his original sentence. Bailey then asked that Sayles not be sent to the South Central Regional Jail or the Western Regional Jail, where Gaddy and Carter are being held.

Bailey told members of Sayles’ family after the hearing that he would ask the judge to reconsider the sentence in about 60 days.

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