MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A high-ranking member of one of Memphis' most notorious drug rings is headed to prison for a very long time.
Vacha Vaughn, who was a part of the Craig Petties organization, was sentenced to nearly four decades behind bars.
Vaughn was a manager in the Petties drug organization, which at one point was bringing in more than a million dollars a month. He became a government informant in hopes of getting a lighter sentence. Friday, the judge sentenced him to 36 years in prison.
Lucy Turner was overjoyed after learning the man who betrayed her son will spend nearly 40 years in federal prison. "I'm excited about it because I'm getting closure," she said.
Vacha Vaughn was sentenced after admitting he sold drugs and helped kidnap Turner's son Marcus in 2006.
Marcus Turner was tortured over the course of several days before being killed. His naked body was found in a ditch in Olive Branch.
"Nobody's child should have to go through that again," Turner said, "He didn't deserve to die."
In the sentencing hearing, Judge Samuel Mayes said although Vaughn didn't actually kill Turner, he's just as responsible as the men who did.
Vaughn has apologized to Lucy Turner for what he did to her son. She responded, "I accept his apology because I'm not going to send my soul to hell hating him."
Mark McDaniel, Vaughn's lawyer, had asked the judge for a ten year sentence.
"We're obviously disappointed in the length of the sentence that was imposed. We were hoping for far better. I can't stand here and tell you 438 months isn't a long time in prison," he told abc24.com. "20 to 25 years I would have felt would have been a victory."
Vaughn will get credit for the six years he's spent in jail so far.