OLATHE, Kan. -- A Bonner Springs teenager who shot and killed his father in July of 2013 was sentenced to 64 months in a juvenile jail on Monday. The boy was 14 when he shot his dad 16 times outside a Shawnee auction house in July of 2013.
The teenager’s mother and stepfather were handing him over to his father during a custody exchange. Police say as he approached his father's car, he pulled out a handgun and fatally shot 46-year-old Darren Gay of Kansas City, Kansas.
The now 16-year-old boy pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree murder on September 30. Prosecutors wanted Judge Thomas Foster to sentence him to a maximum of seven years under a juvenile sentence.
Before Judge Foster handed down the 64-month sentence late Monday afternoon, the teenager apologized and said he takes full responsibility for his action that day.
He claimed he killed his father because he says that his father physically and sexually abused him for years. However, Gay's brothers insist that's not true. They say the victim was a loving dad, elementary school teacher and coach who would never hurt his son.
“We’re all just extraordinarily sad. It’s a tragic situation and it just came upon us, and so for the last year my family has been in turmoil. We’re trying to get the distinction between the real Darren and the Darren, the monster they created in the courtroom, is not the person we know,” Chris Gay, the victim’s brother, said.
The teenager will serve his sentence at a juvenile facility in Topeka. His lawyer says with good behavior, he could be out in three years. However, if his juvenile sentence is revoked, he can be ordered to serve 147 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections.