ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The teen who admitted to killing his parents and siblings learned his fate Wednesday after the judge heard from his family.
Nehemiah Griego will remain in state custody until he is 21. Officials say he could be released earlier under supervised release.
Some family members asked the judge to keep in mind the five victims in the case, while others said Griego deserves a second chance.
“My own faith and grace that God has shown me leads me to fight to give Nehemiah a second chance, the same second chance that my brother Greg was given,” Eric Griego said.
Griego was 15 years old in 2013 when he murdered his parents and three younger siblings in their South Valley home.
Earlier this year, a children’s court judge decided that Griego could be rehabilitated and should be sentenced as a juvenile instead of an adult.
Griego is about to turn 19 which means he only has only two years left.
Some family members said it’s not that they want Griego behind bars for life, but getting out in two years is too soon.
“We all love Nehemiah, we all want the best for him,” Cousin Cherie Ronquillo said. “Like I said we would be here with open arms for him that’s just the type of family we are.”
There is an online petition protesting Nehemiah’s sentence. It already has more than 2,000 signatures.
Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said her office will appeal the decision to sentence Griego as a juvenile. Her office said it could start the appeal process as early as Wednesday.