MIDLAND, Texas – One of those charged with the murder of Robert Duncan has been sentenced to 99 years in prison.
Zaydan Logan Hayes, who was 18 at the time, had been charged with capital murder.
According to a press release from Midland County, the death penalty has been lifted by the state. After that waiver, Hayes pleaded guilty to murder and asked a jury to assess his sentence.
The maximum sentence for the sentence was 99 years or life imprisonment. Hayes cannot be eligible for parole until he has served 30 years of his sentence.
Midland County says there are currently three cases still pending regarding the matter.
Robert Duncan died during a marijuana swap on December 27, 2019 in which Hayes and the others were involved. The others left Duncan for dead and his body was found on New Years Eve.
Authorities first investigated the case as a missing persons case.
NewsWest 9 contacted Silver Nichols, Duncan’s mother, who made the following statement:
The first words left my mouth this afternoon, when the sentence chosen by the jurors was pronounced; were “Thank you Jesus !!”
To me, to the sisters of Robert Rylie (16 years old), Paisley (7 years old), Amber (28 years old) and Devin (26 years old), niece, MaKinsley (6 years old), his bonus moms: Tammy and Tiffany, to his grown-ups -parents, aunts, uncles and cousins, best friends and the young woman he intended to marry, this is the absolute best justice here on earth that we have prayed for. It does not bring back our sun, Robert, it does not change the extent of our loss, which we experience day in and day out. There are so many firsts, we have lived without it, and so many more to come. So many plans he had made, undone, because of Zayden Hayes.
We have been grateful to our communities; Midland County, as well as the people of Atascosa County, who love Robert and have also felt the magnitude of his loss.
We are so grateful for the love of our Heavenly Father, we are so grateful to the citizens of Midland County, who took the time to be jurors in this matter and to make their decision based on the evidence before them. been provided. I couldn’t hear or see the things they had to do, it couldn’t have been easy for them to witness such evidence. We have prayed for them and will continue to pray for them. I couldn’t tell them in great detail how amazing Robert was in this life, there really isn’t enough time! I am eternally grateful for their decision.