Ohio teens who killed Warren man with sandbag avoid jail time

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The family of a murdered man feels they were denied justice.

The four teens who threw a sandbag off a Toledo overpass which killed a Warren man are not going to jail.

Marquise Byrd's mother said before he got into his car that day he hugged his family saying good-bye. 

She said it could not have been a better farewell. What she didn't realize, was that it would be his last.

"I just feel like it took me back to Dec. 22, 2017, when I walked out of that hospital," said Patricia Wilkes, Byrd's mother. "And they told me that my son was gone.

"It was horrible."

FOX 2: "Something that no family should have to go through."

"Not for a sandbag being thrown over an overpass," Wilkes said. "Ridiculous."

But because of that, her son's baby boy Marquise Jr. can only see his father in pictures. 

FOX 2: "How do you pick up the pieces and move forward?"

"Just hold tight to my 3-year-old grandson as I do," Wilkes said. "And find the joy in him."

"All we got is pictures," said Byrd's stepfather Charles Robertson. "His son, trying to live through his son, through him, this is horrible."

The four Ohio teens responsible threw a sandbag from an overpass near downtown Toledo. The sandbag went through the windshield of the car Byrd was riding in - hitting him.

"It was painful, shocking," said Robertson. "Very shocking. I just felt like there was no justice for us."

The boys, three 14-year-olds and one 13-year-old, all pleaded guilty to various charges. And all were sent to a youth treatment facility program. 

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"The one that actually admitted to murder, he should get time that fits the crime," Wilkes said.

"I think they should have at least been in there until they were 21," Robertson said. "All of them.

"We lost a son. Forever. It hurts every day. Every day I think about it."

The judge said if the boys don't follow the treatment program, they could end up in a detention center for juvenile offenders. The judge added that she believes this kind of treatment could possibly affect their behavior more than by being in a detention facility. 

Just one state away in Michigan, five teens face life in prison for a similar crime near Flint.