Four Ohio teenagers who pleaded guilty to dropping a sandbag from a highway overpass last December killing a 22-year-old father were given suspended sentences, a judge announced Friday.
The boys, ages 13 and 14, were instead ordered to a youth center for treatment.
Marquise Byrd died in a Toledo hospital on December 29, three days after four teenage boys tossed a heavy sandbag onto Interstate 75 striking the car Byrd was traveling in.
The young father to a two-year-old son was sitting in the passenger’s seat when the sandbag crashed through the windshield hitting him in the head. Byrd was rushed to the hospital in critical condition but died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck.
The teen who dropped the sandbag pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to the Department of Youth Services until he turns 21. The other three teens pleaded guilty to manslaughter and were sentenced to three years at the the same facility, ABC News reports.
Judge Denise Navarre Cubbon said Friday that all four sentences were suspended in favor of the teens being sent to Toledo’s Lucas County Youth Treatment Center.
‘It’s a treatment facility, for certain services, to provide so these boys change their behavior and can become productive members of our community,’ she said.
Lillian Diallo, a lawyer for the Byrd family, called the decision outrageous.