CLAY COUNTY, Mo. -- A teen killed his uncle when he was asked to do some chores. Tye Lee was sentenced to 20 years for the murder that happened nearly a year-and-a-half ago, but his family members say 20 years is not long enough for taking a loved one's life.
Robbie Lee died at the age of 37, but he’ll never be forgotten. His niece and Tye's sister, Raegan Baska, told FOX 4's Judy Le that she now drives the car Robbie used to drive.
He died on October 12, 2013. He asked his nephew, Tye Lee, to do some household chores. Tye refused, and after an argument, he fatally shot his uncle with a handgun. Tye, now 18 years old, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
“This is a tragedy. A young man should be looking forward to graduation and getting his life started is going to have that interrupted by a 20-year prison term. That’s an extreme price to pay to avoid doing the dishes,” Clay County prosecutor Daniel White stated in a news release.
Baska doesn't think his sentence is nearly enough time.
“I don`t think so, no. For someone who does it and purposefully picks up a gun and shoots someone, I don’t think they should be able to come out at all what so ever,” she said.
Baska said she actually received a call from Tye a couple of days ago.
“He was calling to say he was sorry for what he did and he didn’t know what he was thinking at the time,” Baska said.
But she's not ready to forgive.
“I’m the type of person that if you do something to somebody that I love, and it’s not forgettable and it’s permanent, you’re not going to get any thanks or any forgiveness for what you’ve done to my family,” she said.