Hearing resumes to decide Nehemiah Griego’s fate


Has he been rehabilitated or will he be sentenced as an adult? The hearing to decide what to do with Nehemiah Griego, who murdered five members of his family when he was just 15, picked back up Monday after a four-month-long pause. 

It’s been more than six years since Griego killed his parents and three younger siblings. He’s 22 now, but prosecutors argue he still belongs behind bars. 

Griego was 15 years old when he shot and killed five members of his family in the middle of the night inside their South Valley home in 2013. 

In 2016, District Court Judge John Romero ruled Griego was amenable to treatment and sentenced him as a juvenile, allowing for Griego’s release when he turned 21.

Prosecutors appealed that decision, saying Judge Romero did not take into consideration the gruesomeness of the crime, and it was sent back to district court. 

The amenability hearing for Griego continued Monday morning in Judge Alisa Hart’s courtroom after Romero withdrew from the case in December. Judge Hart will now decide if Griego has been sufficiently rehabilitated in the last six years. 

The defense called in psychiatrists and social workers to testify on Griego’s behalf. However, because the witnesses are speaking about Griego’s treatment, KRQE News 13’s cameras are not allowed in the courtroom. 

If Judge Hart rules Griego doesn’t need treatment, or that he’s already done his time, he’ll be let out of jail immediately. If the judge finds Griego is beyond rehabilitation, he could face life in prison. It could take the judge months to make a decision. 

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