Teen Pleads Guilty, Sentenced to 30 Years in DART Dragging Death

Teen could be eligible for parole at 18 or transferred to adult correctional facility

Wednesday, Feb 15, 2012  |  Updated 2:19 AM CDT
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DART Death Hearing Postponed

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A 15-year-old who pleaded guilty to murder in the slaying of 19-year-old Octavius Lanier received a 30-year sentence in the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice.

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Teen Will Be Tried as a Juvenile in DART Dragging Death

A 15-year-old boy will not be tried as an adult in the murder of a man at a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station in November.

DART Death Hearing Postponed

The mother of one of the boys involved in the death of Octavius Lanier speaks out.
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A 15-year-old boy was sentenced to 30 years for the November murder of a man at a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station.

The teenager pleaded guilty to murder in the slaying of 19-year-old Octavius Lanier on Tuesday, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office said.

The 15-year-old, who was 14 at the time of the slaying, received a 30-year sentence in the Texas Department of Juvenile Justice.

Lanier was pushed into a DART train at the MLK Station near Fair Park in Dallas during a botched robbery Nov. 22 and dragged several yards. Police said he was pinned between the train and the platform as it pulled away from the station.

When he turns 18, the teenager would be either eligible for parole or transferred to an adult correctional facility.

A judge ruled last week that the 15-year-old would be not be tried as an adult in the case. He would have been too young to receive the death penalty if he had been tried and convicted as an adult.

Prosecutors said the teenager and nine other juveniles spent the day of the murder at NorthPark Center and committed theft and behaved in threatening ways on a DART train.

Three other juveniles ranging in age from 12 to 14 also face capital murder charges in Lanier's death.

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