FLINT, Mich. (WXYZ) — They were ages 15 to 17 when they threw rocks onto I-75 in October 2017 in Genesee County. They called it "overpassing."
A 6-pound rock went through the windshield of 32-year-old Kenneth White's car as he was driving, killing him. They would plead guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter.
Genesee County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Farah sentenced Alexander Miller, Trevor Gray, Mikadyn and Mark Sekelski to adult prison, rejecting their defense attorneys’ arguments they should be sentenced as juveniles.
The judge gave them until Aug. 20 to withdraw their pleas. Their defense attorneys outside of court called the sentence emotional and political.
Teresa Simpson is Kenneth White’s mother.
She applauded the sentence in court and later said her son, “gets the justice he deserves. He’s happy now. He can rest.”
The case pointed to the 5th teen, at the time, 18-year-Kyle Anger, as the one who planned the prank. He loaded up his pickup with rocks and threw the rock that killed. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and faces several more years in prison when he is sentenced at a later date.
The four teens sentenced Tuesday could be out of prison sometime in 2020. However, they will be serving several months inside an adult prison.