Tyson Langley update: Teen sentenced to 42 years in prison for Peoria smoke shop murders

PHOENIX - A Valley teen has been sentenced to 42 years in prison for the shooting deaths of two people in a Peoria smoke shop two years ago.

Last month 17-year-old Tyson Drew Langley pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, armed robbery and attempted second-degree murder. He was charged as an adult.

Langley was 15 years old when he shot and killed 38-year-old Melinda Bowen and 60-year-old Kenneth Matlock at the Euphorium Emporium on January 17, 2012.

Bowen's sister, Lathea Nevills, said 42 years was not enough.

"I don't forgive you. I hope your life in prison is hell, I hope you never walk out of those doors," she said, addressing Langley during sentencing at the court house.

A third victim, 53-year-old Robert Troutman, suffered a non-fatal gunshot wound to the hip. The shop’s owner, 56-year-old Brent Brown, was able to escape from the store unhurt.

Police say Langley took $300 and left the scene in one of the victim’s vehicles then boarded a bus headed to California where he was caught in Los Angeles two days after the shooting.

Langley’s family had filed a missing person report with police and in that report the suspect’s mother told police of her suspicion that Langley had been involved in the smoke shop shooting.

Langley’s mother reportedly found a letter in which the teen said he was unhappy and left “to become a man.”

The letter also indicated he was armed, but none of the family's guns were missing.

E-mails were also found indicating Langley had bought a bus ticket from Glendale for January 17.

The getaway vehicle was found at a Walgreens store across from that Glendale bus station the next day.

According to the missing person report, Langley and his brother had tried to buy cigars at the smoke shop days before the shooting and were denied.

The death penalty was not on the table because of Langley's age at the time of the crime.

Langley's parents also addressed the judge and the victims' families at court.

"I'm so sorry for you loss, and the forever unexpected changes you've had to endure," said his mom Melissa Berry.

"Why does a 15-year-old child, straight 'A' honor roll student from a happy family, without a criminal past, steal a gun, walk into a store and shoot three people?" said Michael Berry, Langley's stepfather.

The defense argued Langley may have been under the influence of a drug called spice at the time. Prosecutors believed Langley snapped when he learned of secrets his parents were supposedly keeping.

Tyson Langley spoke for the first time, addressing his victims' families.

"I am so sorry for what I have put you through," he said, his voice trembling. "I can't imagine how hard it must be for you to suffer as much as you have."

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