NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - A teen who played a role in the murder of a little girl was sentenced Friday to one-and-a-third to four years in prison, but he could be free in just a few months.
Tyler Best, 19, admitted helping 16-year-old John Freeman hide the body of Isabella Tennant. Best pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution.
Authorities say Best received a phone call from Freeman after Freeman strangled Bella on August 26 last year in Niagara Falls. The two carried her body to an alley between Third and Fourth Streets and put her in a garbage tote.
Best led police to Bella's body the next day.
The judge asked Best why he helped Freeman. Best responded that, considering the circumstances, he felt threatened by Freeman's presence. However, Best pointed out that he did the right thing when he was away from Freeman, and told his family what had happened.
Freeman is serving 22 years to life in prison Bella's murder. Best was sentenced for the role he played in Bella's murder on Friday, and was granted youthful offender status. Accompanied with time served, he could be released by the end of this year.
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