Updated: Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010, 3:30 PM MDT
Published : Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010, 1:20 PM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Cody Posey, 20, walked into the Albuquerque Boys Reintegration Center on Monday. The center will help him learn how to function in society after incarceration.
A hearing panel at the Youth Diagnostic and Development Center in Albuquerque made the unanimous decision on March 26 to release Posey. The next step in the process was to move him into the unsecured but monitored halfway house. Posey will stay there 90 days or until his 21st birthday, whichever comes first. While at the facility, he is expected to attend school, work or do both. Afterwards, he will be a free man.
He is expected to have an established plan on what course his life will take. Posey fatally shot his family at their home. Posey claimed he killed his family after suffering years of physical and sexual abuse by his parents. Posey's attorney, Gary Mitchell, said on Tuesday that Posey had a chance to reform his behavior and set his sights on his future.
"I'm confident that Cody's going to try and obtain a higher education," said Mitchell. "I'm confident that he will make as much of his life as he possibly can."
Posey expressed remorse throughout his trial for the killings. Posey was spared from a life sentence in prison because the presiding judge said the state failed to prove that he could not be rehabilitated. That ruling meant Posey had to be sentenced as a juvenile.