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Man accused of shooting, killing Charlotte city bus driver pleads guilty

A person accused of capturing and killing a city bus driver in 2022 pleaded guilty on Thursday.

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Darian Dru Thavychith was charged with the homicide of Charlotte Area Transit System bus driver Ethan Rivera. Police stated the 41-year-old was on the job Feb. 11, 2022 when Thavychith shot and killed him in Uptown Charlotte close to West Trade Street.

Police stated that Thavychith and Rivera obtained into an argument that evening and the 22-year-old fired a shot into Rivera’s bus. Police known as it an act of street rage.

Thavychith was later discovered and arrested in Kansas. In courtroom Thursday, he pleaded guilty to second-degree homicide and capturing into an occupied car.

Thavychith faces a most sentence of 57 years in jail for these felonies. As half of the plea deal, he was sentenced to 157 to 201 months (about 13 to 17 years) for second-degree homicide and 64 to 89 months (about 5 to seven and a half years) for different cost.

The sentences can be served concurrently.

Thavychith will get credit score for time served already that can go in direction of that sentence.

‘I hope that you rot’

Ethan Rivera’s mom, Sylvia Rivera, addressed the courtroom Thursday. She stated she was appalled at Thavychith’s sentence.

“I just thought that maybe he would be getting more time because of what he did, because he didn’t care,” she stated.

She introduced a framed photograph of her son to indicate the decide and, at one level, she confirmed it to Thavychith. She pointed to the photograph whereas telling him he took her son away.

“I hope that you rot,” she stated, taking a look at Thavychith.

She was stoic as she talked to her son’s killer. Her relations have been crying within the pews as they listened.

“No matter what, he will always be in my heart,” she stated, including, “The hurt that it brings is devastating.”

“He took my firstborn,” she informed the decide.

Rivera stated Thavychith’s sentence wasn’t sufficient. She informed the decide Thavychith will be capable to get out and have a household in the future, however her son won’t ever have that.

“When he comes out, he’s going to be able to have a family, have children and have a life. Whereas my son won’t be able to do that,” Rivera stated. “He’s left two small children without a father, he’s left me without a child.”

Thavychith informed Rivera’s household he takes full accountability.

“I apologize for everything I put you guys through. I wish this situation never happened,” he stated to Rivera’s household. “I have you guys in my prayers as well. I want to say I’m sorry.”

To that, Rivera stated, “there’s no forgiving.” She stated now, she’s targeted on remembering her late son.

“He’s always going to be in our thoughts,” she stated.

The prosecutor on the case informed the decide the plea deal was one of the simplest ways ahead, as a result of if the case had gone to trial, a lot of the proof would have been circumstantial and so they didn’t need to danger Thavychith getting away with homicide.

Prosecutor’s narrative

On Thursday, prosecutors learn their narrative of what occurred on Feb. 11, 2022. They stated that evening, Rivera merged into Thavychith’s lane to so as to flip from North Graham Street onto Trade Street.

As the 2 have been ready for the site visitors mild to vary, Rivera opened the door of the bus and the 2 began arguing. Surveillance video caught Thavychith saying Rivera minimize him off.

Rivera pulled up and closed the door, and that’s when Thavychith shot into the bus, hitting Rivera within the head. He then drove off.

Prosecutors stated whereas the CATS surveillance audio is obvious, the video doesn’t show past an affordable doubt that Thavychith was the one driving the automobile close to Rivera. In addition, just one of the three passengers on the bus might present an outline of the suspect.

It’s additionally unclear if there was a passenger within the automobile with Thavychith.

An arrest warrant for Thavychith was drawn up when officers discovered a automobile matching the outline of the suspect’s automobile. They used DNA proof and an identical bullet casing discovered within the automobile to tie him to it.

Officers discovered his telephone on Feb. 22, 2022 alongside the aspect of Interstate 85 in Bessemer City. Cellphone information positioned it at varied areas close to the crime scene the evening of the capturing.

Thavychith was arrested in Shawnee, Kansas after calling police from a gasoline station pay telephone to ask questions on a North Carolina case.

Prosecutes concluded that the proof was circumstantial, and people issues might be amplified if it went earlier than a jury. The plea Thursday ensures Thavychith is held accountable, prosecutors stated, and in addition retains the neighborhood secure from his actions.

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