Case of man who killed 5 as teen again goes before judge

New Mexico

A prosecutor has argued that a New Mexico man plotted a shooting rampage at his family’s home when he was 15, as she delivered closing arguments in a case that has taken years to resolve in the state’s court system.

The hearing Tuesday in Albuquerque is being held to determine whether 22-year-old Nehemiah Griego should be sentenced as a juvenile or an adult for the January 2013 shootings at his home.

It marks the second such hearing after the New Mexico Court of Appeals overturned an initial decision that Griego showed he was receptive to treatment while in state custody and could be sentenced as a juvenile.

Judge Alisa Hart took the case after the judge overseeing Griego’s case and monitoring his treatment for years recused himself in December.

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