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September 27, 2013

Best gets four years; judge grants him youthful offender status

Leniency shown to Tyler Best in Tennant murder case

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Niagara Gazette — Faso said the youthful offender ruling means the case records will be sealed.

"There's no conviction now," he said. "It's like it never happened."

Murphy then sentenced Best to concurrent prison terms of 16 months to four years on the evidence tampering charge and 12 months to three years on the hindering prosecution charge. 

Because he has already spent 13 months, since his arrest, behind bars, Faso said Best should be immediately eligible for parole.

"He could go up (to prison) and then come home," Faso said. 

Best, now 19, could have faced a maximum prison term of seven years if he had been convicted on the two criminal charges.

Freeman, who was 16 at the time of the crime and is now 18, also pleaded guilty in the case to a charge of second-degree murder. He has been sentenced to a prison term of 22 years to life.

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