Teen gets 42 years in prison for Peoria smoke-shop murders


by Jennifer Thomas

Video report by Mike Watkiss

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 2:27 PM

PHOENIX – A Phoenix teenager has been sentenced to 42 years in prison in connection with a triple shooting at a Peoria smoke shop two years ago.

Tyson Langley, 17, pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder, armed robbery and attempted first-degree murder last month.

Police said Langley shot three people during a robbery at the Euphorium Emporium smoke shop near Lake Pleasant Parkway and Deer Valley Road on Jan. 17, 2012.

Kenneth Matlock, 60, and Melinda Bowen, 38, both of Peoria, died at the scene. Robert Troutman, 51, of Peoria, was wounded.

Police said Langley stole $300 and a gun from the smoke shop then fled in Matlock's truck. He later abandoned the truck and took a bus to California.

He was taken into custody in Los Angeles.

Langley was 15 years old at the time of the killings. He was charged as an adult.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, charges of first-degree murder were dismissed.

Langley apologized for his actions, saying, "What I have done is the worst thing a person can do to another person."

Langley's mother and stepfather spoke during the sentencing hearing Friday morning. Both apologized to the victims' families.

The family of one of the victims said they wanted Langley to receive the death penalty, which isn't given to minors.

"He took someone very dear to me and for that, I hate you," said Lathea Nevills, Brown's sister.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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