Yorktown man pleads guilty to murder of Tabb High School student

A Yorktown man pleaded guilty in York-Poquoson Circuit Court to the murder of a Tabb High School student on Tuesday.

Dylan Peters, 17, died after he was shot through the heart by Evan Guy Tyler, 18, during an attempted robbery on Jan. 27, 2015, said York County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ben Hahn.

Tyler planned to rob Peters of marijuana, pills and a gun when he shot a .450-caliber pistol five times through the front door of Peters’ family home. Four of the bullets hit Peters, Hahn said.

Tyler was arrested on Jan. 29, 2015. The arrest came after one of Tyler’s codefendants, Alphonzo C. Jackson, 21, told the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office about the crime on Jan. 28, 2015, Hahn said.

Jackson was charged with conspiracy to commit robbery on April 23, 2015. He was found guilty on Oct. 10, 2015, and his sentencing is scheduled for Thursday in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court, according to the Virginia Courts Case Information website.

Tyler pleaded guilty to second-degree murder; use of a firearm in the commission of a felony; attempted armed robbery; malicious shooting in an occupied building; and attempted armed robbery in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court on March 29.

His sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 8 in the York-Poquoson Circuit Court. The maximum punishment for the crimes is 73 years in prison and $300,000 in fines, according to Virginia code.

Tyler’s plea came from an agreement between the defense and prosecution, in which the commonwealth agreed to recommend Tyler be sentenced within the recommended guidelines, Hahn said.

The recommended guidelines are used in court to show the average sentence people receive for crimes. The high end of the guidelines for people facing Tyler’s charges is 25 years in prison, Hahn said.

York-Poquoson Circuit Court Judge Richard Rizk reminded Tyler that a judge’s sentencing decisions are not bound to the commonwealth’s recommendations or the recommended sentencing guidelines, Hahn said.

A third man, Tevin Desean Lambert, 21, of Newport News, will serve three years in prison for helping Tyler commit the robbery, Hahn said.

Lambert was sentenced to 10 years in prison with seven years suspended and 30 years probation in York-Poquoson Circuit Court on Tuesday, Hahn said.

Police believe Lambert gave Tyler a backpack to carry the stolen drugs and that he made calls to Peters phone to set up a drug deal, Hahn said.

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Department arrested Lambert on Feb. 3, 2015. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery on Aug. 8, 2015, according to the Virginia Courts Case Information website.

Mayfield can be reached by phone at 757-298-5828.

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