Teens sentenced months after man killed from sandbag thrown off I-75 overpass


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) - Just months after Marquise Byrd was killed by a sandbag thrown off I-75, the teens responsible have been sentenced.

Four teenage boys, 13 and 14 at the time of the incident, received eight months in juvenile detention.

Police say the teens were throwing rocks, then sandbags, off the overpass this past December. One sandbag landed on a car Byrd was riding in.

He was critically injured and died a few days later.

Three boys will be on probation for three years after their release. The one boy who admitted to throwing the sandbag will be on probation until he is 21 after his release.

Byrd's family said after the sentencing that they're outraged by the length of the sentence, and were hoping the boys would receive the maximum sentence, which would have been juvenile detention until age 21.

Due to their age when the crime was committed, by Ohio state law, they were not eligible to be tried as adults.

The prosecutor says no matter the punishment, this was a lose-lose situation, as these young teens are now considered criminals and Byrd will never return home.

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