60-year prison sentence for father in murder of 9-year-old daughter
A judge sentenced Richard Lyons to 60 years in prison for the murder of his 9-year-old daughter in 2008.
Prosecutors say they know what Richard Lyons did, how and where he did it. But they’ll likely never understand why
“What motive can anyone ever have to kill their own child?” asked prosecutor Fabio Valentini.
“There’s a reason that we don’t have to prove motive- and it’s because of cases like this, where the evidence speaks for itself,” said Assistant State’s Attorney, Maria McCarthy.
It was a horrifying crime. Mya Lyons was beaten, strangled and stabbed 13 times then dumped near an overgrown lot.
Lyons himself went before the tv cameras in the summer of 2008, begging for help finding his little girl before, investigators say, pretending to find her body.
Police took three years to charge him.
Mya Lyons’ grandfather, Orland Barnes, said the family can now go on following Friday’s sentencing.
But other family members say the fight isn’t over. Richard’s aunt and uncle say the wrong man is in prison and the real killer is still out there.