EXCLUSIVE: Gas City Murder Suspect Sentenced, Victim's Family Gets Closure

Published 03/03 2014 03:17PM

Updated 03/04 2014 08:17AM

Last march a Gas City woman was murdered inside her home. Two men were arrested, one of which has already received the maximum sentence for murder. Monday morning the accomplice learned his fate WFFT was the only station present at the sentencing.

With just 13 days away from the one year anniversary of Ashley Rheam’s death, the family is finally getting some closure. Tyrell Lenoir waited to hear his fate inside the Grant County courtroom.

Grant County Prosecutor James Lutrull gave Lenoir an eight-year sentence, three of which will be served on probation for cooperating with authorities all for assisting a criminal, a class C felony.

"He should not be responsible for the murder of Ashley Rheam because he had nothing to do with it," said Luttrul.

Last March, Lenoir, and Matthew Tyra were arrested for the murder of Rheam. It was later learned that Tyra stayed the night at Rheam's house when he shot and killed her in her sleep.

It was Lenoir’s actions after the crime that landed him behind bars. He stole the victim’s car transporting Tyra away from the scene. Tyra received a maximum sentence of 65 years.

"I might be able to sleep a little better at night," said Bob Rheam, Ashley Rheam’s father.

The chapter of what went down March 16, 2013 has closed. But Ashley's father says the pain will forever be present.

"The hurt is still there, it still feels like it happened yesterday," he said.

Angela Jones says Lenoir grew up with her kids and she has known him his entire life.

"Tyrell is not a monster like people make him out to be," she said. "He made some bad choices but he did the right thing by getting to the police department and making sure all the right information was turned in."

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