BARTOW, Fla. — Editor's note: The mugshot above is from Murray's 2018 arrest.
A Polk County man who was charged with beating his friend to death with a bat when he was a teenager in 2018 was recently sentenced to 60 years in prison.
The State Attorney's Office told 10 Tampa Bay that Dillen Murray, 20, was sentenced on Friday - three years after law enforcement took him into custody for the death of his 15-year-old friend, Giovanni Diaz.
Murray was accused of luring Diaz into the woods in Bartow and beating him to death with a baseball bat.
Diaz was beaten nine times over the head with the bat, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said. He then dialed 911 and told a dispatcher what happened.
At the time, Murray was 16-years-old but was tried as an adult.