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Teenager charged with death of Nashville musician sentenced to 25 years

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WKRN) – Two teenagers charged with the 2019 murder of Nashville musician Kyle Yorlets agreed to a plea deal in a Davidson County courtroom on Tuesday.

Diamond Lewis, 17, was due to stand trial on Oct. 25 for premeditated first degree murder until she accepts a plea deal for second degree murder, which carries a mandatory 25-year prison sentence. She must serve 100% of her sentence but will receive credit for the two years she has already served.

Decorrius Wright also agreed to a plea deal and will serve 26 years in prison and 10 years probation.

Kyle Yorlets, 24, was gunned down in the alley behind his West Nashville home in 2019. He was able to get inside the residence, where one of his roommates found him.

He was a graduate of Belmont University, worked at Milk and Honey in the Gulch, and was the lead vocalist for Carverton.

Lewis Diamond (Photo: WKRN)

Investigators determined that the five young suspects were in the alley behind Yorlets’ house when they saw him outside. The miners took his wallet and demanded the keys to his vehicle, Metro police said. However, police said Yorlets was shot after refusing to give his car to the teenagers.

Five minors, three girls, aged 12, 14 and 15, and two boys, aged 13 and 16, were initially charged in his death.

Teenager charged with death of Nashville musician sentenced to 25 years
Diamond Lewis Roniyah McKnight Decorrius Wright (Photo: Metro-Nashville Police Department)

Under Tennessee law, they can be identified by police as they are charged with homicide and are over 13 years of age. The five children were considered runaways and were wanted by Metro Youth Services workers as they are considered suspects of other crimes.

Two of the suspects, Lewis and Decorrius Wright, have had their cases transferred to adult court.

“He would approach strangers at random and introduce himself; sit down and have casual conversations with everyone, ”said Yorlets sister Melissa Negley. “He lit up the room, like everyone has said, a big smile, very religious, still talking about Jesus or God, literally loved everyone.”

Teenager charged with death of Nashville musician sentenced to 25 years
(Photo: WKRN)

“He created his second family there and despite everything that has happened, I know that if he was still there he would have been like, ‘I would still live there. He loved Nashville, ”Negley said.

Yorlets’ mother, Deb Yorlets, died of cancer in July 2021, before one of her son’s accused murderers was brought to justice.