SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.- An emotional day in court for victim's family members of 15-year-old Dystiny Myers. One of the suspects accused of gagging, killing and burning the body of Myers from Santa Maria has pleaded guilty to first degree counts of murder, conspiracy and kidnapping.
"None of us in this court room, none of us should be here today. It breaks my heart that so many lives have been touched by one little child and one act," said Mary Rogers, the victim's aunt.
Ty Michael Hill was sentenced to life in prison without parole, after a plea bargain with authorities. Hill wiped tears away from his eyes, as he pled guilty to first degree murder with four enhancements. He admitted to kidnapping Myers back in September of 2010. Hill also pled guilty to count two, conspiracy to commit murder.
Hill is being sent to Wasco for 90 days until the Department of Corrections of Rehabilitation decides where to house him.
Myers' mother took the stand and told Hill she won't ever be able to forgive him, "there's no right to do what was done at all, and were going to have to live with it for the rest of our lives. Everyday for me is like the first day I was told."
As for the other defendants, the trial for three others will begin the first week in February. There is a fourth defendant who has agreed to testify against the others.
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