Tay-K was sentenced to 55 years in prison for his role in a 2016 murder.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 19-year-old rapper—legal name Taymor McIntyre—also received a 30-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery and two 13-year sentences on two additional counts of aggravated robbery. The sentences will be served concurrently. He was also ordered to pay a total of $21,000 in fines.
On July 19, Tay-K was convicted of murdering 21-year-old Ethan Walker during a home invasion robbery in Mansfield, Texas. The rapper, who was 16 at the time of the crime, was arrested along with six of his accomplices in July 2016 and was subsequently placed on house arrest. Shortly before their certification hearings, Tay-K and a co-defendant cut off their ankle monitors and fled to San Antonio. The rapper remained at large until May 2017.
In between his arrests, Tay-K began generating buzz with his record "The Race," in which he rapped about evading law enforcement. During his run from police, Tay-K allegedly shot and killed 23-year-old Mark Saldivar in San Antonio, and carried out a robbery that left a 65-year-old severely injured in Arlington, Texas. Tay-K is still facing capital murder charges for the former crime.
Following his 2017 arrest, Tay-K continued to make headlines for his activities behind bars. The rapper was charged with a having a banned substance (a cellphone) while in jail and was accused of trying to organize a criminal organization called the Rug Rats.
"In short, we can’t control this guy," prosecutor Jim Hudson said in court. "We can’t control him when he’s out in the streets and we can’t control him when he’s behind bars."