Murder Suspect Sentenced

A local murder suspect was sentenced in Bay County Circuit Court Monday morning.

Darrius Terrell was sentenced to 25 years in prison by Judge Dedee Costello.

Several weeks ago Costello found Terrell guilty in a bench trial for second degree murder. He was convicted in the stabbing death of 17-year-old Tristen Robinson at the Pana Villa apartment complex in May of 2005.

Terrell's attorneys waived his right to a jury trial, asking Judge Costello to hear evidence in a bench trial without a jury and make her decision on a verdict.

But Monday morning Terrell filed a motion for a new trial by jury saying he did not understand what he was doing earlier and was under the influence of Prosac at the time.

Judge Costello denied the motion.

The victim’s grandmother, Lendora Savoy, is happy to see the ordeal finished.

"Hopefully this will end things here, for him and us, and we'll depart from it all, and not have to worry or see him again. Hopefully there won't be anything else that we have to come face to face with him or his family again."

In sentencing Darrius Terrell to 25 years, the court gave him credit for 417 days already served in jail since his original arrest.