NIAGARA FALLS, NY-- Tyler Best, the teen who helped his friend John Freeman dump a five-year-old girl's body in August of 2012, will be spending some time behind bars.
Best was sentenced to 16 months to four years in prison for helping Freeman move Isabella Tennant's body after she was murdered by Freeman. Police say Best was not involved in Tennant's death.
Best and Freeman put Tennant's body in a trash can in an alley, near the home of her great-grandmother, where Tennant was last seen alive.
At Best's sentencing Friday, Tennant's great aunt, Donna Santangelo said, "anger that he helped, anger that he didn't come in sooner, so angry at john; i hope he never ever sees the light of day again."
Best led police the next day to Tennant's body and admitted what he and Freeman did.
Best's family believes Tennant's death shocked the teen and clouded his judgement.
"It wasn't a decision making process as much for Tyler, I believe it was a lack of decision, he went along because he was afraid of Freeman," said Al Parker, Best's uncle.
Freeman was sentenced three weeks ago to 22 years to life for strangulating Tennant. It was revealed in court that Freeman's initial plan was to take Tennant's body to the Niagara Gorge. But, Best talked him out of it. Best also was the one who confessed to police and told them Bella's body was in an alley near the murder scene.
"All is that I can say is that I'm thankful he went to the police and told so we wouldn't have to look anymore," said Santangelo.
According to Best's attorney, he has spent 13 months in jail which could be granted as time served. It will be up to parole officers to decide if Best should serve more than the minimum.
There's still no reason as to why Tennant was killed. Best spoke in court and said he regrets what he did. Prosecutors said that Best could've walked away from Freeman, but failed to do so. Best was also granted Youthful Offender Status, which seals his criminal record. The family says they will now try to move on and heal.