One of the two men convicted in the 2008 slaying of Shyara Olavarria will now serve 50 years in the state penitentiary after his final sentencing in front of Christian Circuit Judge John Atkins Tuesday afternoon. Derrick James's defense attorney filed a motion for a new trial, which Judge Atkins denied.
Atkins then imposed the sentence recommended by a jury in September.
James's codefendant, Jordan Young was also supposed to be sentenced Tuesday, but his primary attorney was unable to be in court, so Judge Atkins reschedule Young's sentencing for January 22nd at 1pm. James and Young were found guilt following a trial in September. The two were convicted of gunning down 18-year old Olavarria in Oak Grove May 31, 2008.
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