LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- An outburst of anger from Steven Pettway’s mother turned heads inside a Jefferson County Circuit courtroom Monday as she walked out of the courtroom just before her son was sentenced to 55 years in prison.
Pettway was found guilty in May of the 2009 murder of Troya Sheckles in Louisville when he was 16-years-old.
Sheckles’ family stood before the court to share their frustration about the four-year-old case and the man who killed their relative.
“Whatever you decide to give him, he deserves it,” Sheckles cousin said. “As he sits here he’s not remorseful and I’ve had to deal with that for the last four years looking at him. There is no remorse in him. So, he does not deserve to get any leniency because he acts like nothing has happened and it has.”
Pettway will be eligible for parole in 20 years, but his attorney said he plans to file for an appeal.
“He’s been a great client,” Pettway’s attorney, Pete Schuler, said. “He’s been very cooperative with us. He’s a very intelligent guy and worked on his defense, I think he knows a lot too. He knows it’s going to be a long road ahead of appeals and we’re going to move on to the Kentucky Supreme Court and hopefully we’ll get a good result from that.”