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Teen who admitted killing friend given probation

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

The family of a dead teenager says there is no justice.

They are angry the teen who admitted shooting 17-year-old Ali Shalash in 2009 is now a free man.

A Fayette County judge gave Jamar Mays five years probation Thursday morning.

Mays served a little under two years of his original ten year prison sentence.

In court Thursday, Mays said he was sorry for what happened, and that he's changed for the better while in a juvenile facility.

"This is gonna be like zero tolerance, Mr. Mays," Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone said when giving Mays supervised probation.

If Mays violates that probation, the judge said he will be sent to jail, no questions asked.

Mays turned 18 in June. As a juvenile, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for manslaughter.

Shalash, Mays' best friend, was shot to death at a home on Dorset Drive in Lexington in 2009.

After Thursday's hearing, Shalash's mother told us she is not happy with the judge's decision.

"I did not get justice today, and neither did Ali," Gwen Perkins, Shalash's mother, said.

During the hearing, Mays did address Shalash's family, and apologized.

Under the conditions of Mays' probation, he must complete up to 30 hours of community service per week, or find full-time employment or schooling.

Mays is expected to be released soon. He will be back in court December 15, when the judge will review his case.

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