Second Teen Pleads Guilty in DART Slaying - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Second Teen Pleads Guilty in DART Slaying

Teen sentenced to 30 years in juvenile system.



    A judge sentenced a 14-year-old boy to 30 years in the juvenile system after he pleaded guilty Friday to killing a man at a Dallas Area Rapid Transit station in November.

    Officers said a 19-year-old Octavius Lanier was on his way to a doctor's appointment when a group of boys ages 12 to 14 years old tried to rob him. The teenagers showed him into a moving train, killing him, when Lanier wouldn't hand over his belongings, police said.

    "It still hurts like hell, and it's still very, very painful," said Lanier's mother, Takeysha Harper.

    "What they did was bad. They took a man's life. The only comfort I have in that is knowing they know what they did was wrong," she said.

    14-Year-Old Pleads Guilty in DART Slaying

    [DFW] 14-Year-Old Pleads Guilty in DART Slaying
    A 14-year-old boy was sentenced to 30 years behind bars after pleading guilty to pushing 19-year-old Octavius Lanier into a moving DART train and killing him.
    (Published Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012)

    The 14-year-old is the second teenager to plead guilty to the slaying. Another teacher also received a 30-year sentence.

    The two teenagers could be released from the juvenile system early for good behavior, but a judge would have to examine a number of factors before that happens.

    Lanier's mother, who was in court for all of the hearings, said she is working to forgive the young suspects.

    "I have to forgive them," she said. "As a Christian, I have to forgive them. As a Christian, I've already forgiven them. These are kids. In the back of my mind there's something where I want to take them in my arms and hug them because I do, I feel really bad for them. But at the same time I look at them, and I say, 'That was my baby.'"

    Lanier's grandfather said forgiveness doesn't come as easily for him.

    "I don't forgive them at all," Michael Walton said. "Me and my grandson were very tight. Whatever he did, I knew about it. He had a problem, he talked me about it. So no, I don't forgive them. Do I want to? Yes. Right now, I don't."