The mother of a murder victim told those guilty of the crime, “Ya’ll have really affected me and my family,” during a victim impact statement Monday in District Judge Christi Kennedy’s courtroom.
Four men pleaded guilty and were sentenced to decades in prison for their role in the June 2013 slaying of Joshua McGill at the Kensington Apartments, 4400 Paluxy Drive.
McGill was allegedly trying to sell marijuana at the time, but the people to whom he was selling decided to steal it from him, and the shooting ensued, according to police reports.
Ladarius Devonte Warren, 20, received a life sentence. Aaryan Ates, 24, was sentenced to 35 years. Earnest Jackson, 20, was sentenced to 30 years. Keyon Jamaal Forcel, 17, received a 20-year sentence.
Cynthia McGill, the victim’s mother, told the men she was in the hospital when she learned of her son’s death.
“They brought his body into the same hospital I was in, but they wouldn’t roll me down there to say ‘I love you’ to my baby,” she said from the stand Monday.
She told the men she hoped they reflected on the crime they had committed during their time in prison and that they make better decisions.
Warren was said to be the triggerman, while Ates was the getaway driver and disposed of the weapon used to kill McGill.
The men have been reprimanded into the custody of the Smith County Jail, where they will be held until they are transported to a Texas Department of Criminal Justice facility.