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Judge ordered to reconsider Griego’s amenability

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Nehemiah Griego, who killed his parents and three siblings in 2013 and is set for release from juvenile prison in 11 days, must now have the conditions of his sentence reheard, possibly resulting in a longer sentence, the state Court of Appeals ruled today.

Nehemiah Griego

Children’s Court Judge John Romero found Griego, who was 15 when he killed his family, amenable to treatment and sentenced him as a juvenile. But the state Attorney General’s Office appealed, arguing he should have been sentenced as an adult, possibly up to 120 years in prison.

The Court of Appeals said Romero overlooked elements of testimony showing Griego was not amenable to treatment, so he must reconsider his ruling.

Exactly what happens next is unclear, as is what will happen to Griego if Romero’s reconsideration is not complete by the time his March 20 release date passes.