First sentence handed down in Serena McKay murder

Serena McKay (Facebook)

By Don Norman

The older of the two teenage girls who were charged in the April 2017 beating death of Serena McKay, was sentenced to 40 months in prison, followed by 23 months of community supervision. She was 17 at the time of the attack and cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. She will get 15 months credit for time served since her arrest.

After the sentencing, Serena’s mother Delores Daniels said she was “relatively pleased” with the sentence, which was close to the maximum allowed for a young offender. “We had hoped that it would be an adult sentence. Unfortunately that didn’t happen. But there’s nothing that we as a family can do anything about,” she said.

The teen sentenced on Monday was also the one who had taken a video of the beating and shared it on social media. She pled guilty to 2nd degree murder in December. The younger of the two teens, who was 16 at the time of the attack, pled guilty to manslaughter and will be sentenced later this month.

It’s been really unsettling with this whole case and with everything that happened to my daughter,” said Daniels. “It’s been a really rough year and we’re just trying to cope. We miss her every day. We just keep praying and we know she’s in a better place and she’s free from the violence and hatred that are still evident in society,” she said. “We know we will see her again sometime, so I just keep focused on that.”