NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A judge sentenced a 16-year-old found guilty of shooting and killing a Daniel Jenkins Academy student to 40 years in prison without parole on Thursday.
Derrell Green will get credit for jail time served since February 5, 2010.
Wearing a yellow jail jumpsuit and shackles on his hands and ankles, Green got ready for the news that he was going up the river for a long time. In February 2010, Green gunned down 17-year-old Larry Maybank after both left Daniel Jenkins Academy on Bonds Avenue.
Maybank was shot twice in the back. Testimony during the trial revealed that Green and Maybank got into a fight a month earlier. Maybank's mother told the judge no words could express her pain.
The prosecutor in the case said the jury wasn't swayed by Green's age when they found him guilty and that the judge shouldn't be swayed either when it comes to a sentence for the 16 year old.
Green declined to speak in court, but he had some supporters, including a man who said he worked with Green when the teen was enrolled in drug court. Green's attorney told the judge that at some point her client deserves to get out prison and is convinced others also were involved in the murder.
"I think in this case, he probably followed somebody who led him down a path that's caused him to be here today," said Megan Ehrlich.
It's a path that's going to lead Green to a state prison for the next 40 years with no chance for parole. Green's lawyer said she didn't want him to speak in court today because there may be an appeal later on.
Green was given some credit for time served at the Charleston County Detention Center.
He has been in jail since Feb. 5 of last year. If Green had been tried as a juvenile, he could have been freed at the age of 21.