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Death, drugs and destruction: the troubled year of SoundCloud rap
McIntyre released online the same day he was apprehended by United States marshals after three months on the lam in , included boasts from the rapper about violent crime and eluding law enforcement. The video, which has been viewed more than million times on YouTube, featured a baby-faced Tay-K posing with a handgun next to his own wanted poster, and caused a stir online for its unabashed muddying of the line between art and life. McIntyre, now 19, faces between five and 99 years in prison, though he was found not guilty of capital murder, which would have carried a mandatory sentence of 40 years without parole. The jury had begun deliberating on Thursday afternoon when the defense opted not to call a single witness. Tarrant County prosecutors moved immediately into the sentencing phase of the trial following the verdict on Friday, with a decision expected next week. McIntyre had already pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery and was found guilty of a third count tied to the incident, but his lawyers argued that he should not be convicted of murder because he was not the gunman in the killing. Six others were charged in the robbery that left Ethan Walker, 21, dead in July Prosecutors argued that Mr. McIntyre knew a shooting would occur when he and the others agreed to commit a robbery in hopes of finding drugs and money. The rapper, who was 16 at the time, was certified as an adult to stand trial.
The song became popular following his arrest in Elizabeth, New Jersey , after a nationwide manhunt for murder. McIntyre was captured by U. The song would later hit platinum. After being brought back to Texas for his crimes, McIntyre started to receive support from his fans on social media. In July , McIntyre was found guilty of murder for his involvement in the home invasion and robbery that left year-old Ethan Walker dead, and was sentenced to 55 years in prison.