A teen accused of shooting a friend and trying to hide the body has been sentenced to 15 years in juvenile jail.
The suspect, who was 15 at the time, pleaded guilty on Monday to manslaughter and tampering with evidence for the shooting of 15-year-old Nahum Martinez last spring. After a day of hearing testimony, the judge handed down the 15-year jail sentence.
The suspect will be reevaluated at his 19th birthday and it will be determined if he continues on probation or serves out his sentence in adult prison.
Nahum was an accomplished cross country runner from Wylie East High School. One night in March 2012, he snuck out for a sleepover at the defendants house in Wylie along with another teen. According to testimony, the boys smoked marijuana. The defendant, who was fascinated by guns, produced a gun he'd stolen then pointed it at Martinez who repeatedly asked him to stop.
Defense attorneys say their client was from a broken home. They say his teen mom couldn't care for him so he stayed with extended family. That night, according to the defense, was a night of boys playing with guns.
Martinez was shot in the head in the early morning hours of March 31, 2012. The suspect and another juvenile then allegedly wrapped the body in a comforter, threw it out of a second floor window and tried to stuff it into a nearby storm drain.
The prosecutor pointed out that the two then went home and fell asleep, noting it was a stranger who called 911.
The judge who made the ruling said if the case involved an adult suspect, the behavior would be considered "depraved."
Martinez's mom Teresa said after the ruling she was happy her son's killer got 15 years, but it doesn't bring her son back.
"I think you should no longer have the ability be considered a child after you've committed a crime to the extent that he did," said Teresa Martinez. "We are happy that he did receive something but it still doesn't bring my son back. Pain doesn't go away," said Martinez.
She said she's tried to forgive the teen who killed her son, but she can't.
She had testified her son had befriended the teen, when others wouldn't. That friendship makes it even harder to understand what happened after the shooting.