Eau Claire attorney comments on teen sentenced to prison in fatal stabbing
A Wausau teen is sentenced to 13 years in prison after he fatally stabbed a boy during a suspected gang confrontation.
Dylan Yang was found guilty in March of first-degree reckless homicide in the death of 13-year-old Isaiah Powell.
During his trail, Yang admitted stabbing Powell because he thought he had a real gun; but Powell had a BB gun.
Thursday, Yang's attorney spoke out about the sentencing.
“Is it fair someone died? So obviously it's significant,” said Harry Hertel, Yang’s attorney. “On the other hand, we are talking about a 15-year-old boy and under the circumstance, I think that sentence should of been more lenient. I certainly hope that when we go through an appeal it will be a new trial and the outcome will be different.”
The judge ordered Yang to serve 17 years on extended supervision after his release.
The state sought 25 years in prison and 20 years of probation.