NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the killing of Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets.
Tuesday morning, Diamond Lewis appeared in court first, where she accepted a plea deal of 25 years, which must be served at 100% — but she will receive jail credit for the two years served. The remaining counts will be dismissed.
Lewis also appeared in court Monday, where she was expected to take the deal. However, she declined to accept it after the recent death of her brother.
The other teen charged in the case, Decorrius Wright, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, especially aggravated robbery, escape from custody, and theft of property. He will serve 26 years in prison and 10 months’ probation. He will also receive jail credits for time served, but it won't include the time he was away from jail when he ran away from the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center.
All together, Wright faced 12 charges that, with consecutive sentences, could have led to life in prison, without the possibility of parole. Under this deal, the other counts were dismissed.
So 25 years for Second Degree, 1 year for escape from custody in prison and 10 year probation for theft of property.— Chris Davis NC5 (@ChrisDavisMMJ) October 12, 2021
(He also pleads guilty to Aggravated Robbery for 25 year sentence but that runs concurrent to second degree murder.)
Both Lewis and Wright faced several charges relating to the shooting death of Kyle Yorlets. On February 7, 2019, Yorlets was fatally shot during a robbery in the alley outside his home. He was 24 years old.
The Yorlets family was included on a video stream of this morning's proceedings.
The court also read aloud the victim impact statements from Yorlets' mother and father. His father, Larry, confirmed that Kyle's mother, Deb Yorlets, died this summer from a lengthy battle with esophageal cancer.
Larry Yorlets said in the statement that he thinks her health declined because of the murder case.
Larry Yorlets says he may find a way to forgive Diamond Lewis if her regret is sincere, but adds, today is not that day.— Chris Davis NC5 (@ChrisDavisMMJ) October 12, 2021
Five teens in total were linked to his murder. At the time of his death, the suspects ranged in age from 12 to 16 years old. The three other suspects remain in the juvenile system.