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Teen in fatal shooting sentenced to 30 days behind bars

December 24, 2019 GMT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A teenager who fatally shot a man at an Albuquerque park was sentenced to 30 days behind bars and will be on probation until he turns 21.

Santiago Armijo, 17, also will be required to talk to high school students about his actions and the consequences, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

Armijo had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the death of Larry DeSantiago, 25, at a crowded park on Albuquerque’s West Side in March 2018. Armijo was 15 at the time.

He was sentenced Thursday in district court. Armijo also pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence, unlawful possession of a handgun and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

Prosecutors had asked the judge to hand down the maximum sentence of four years behind bars. A spokesman for the 2nd Judicial District said the office plans to ask the judge to reconsider the sentence.

DeSantiago’s sister, Judith, called the sentence a “slap in the face.”

“It devalued human life and allowed our younger generation to see that it’s OK to commit a crime, because they won’t be held accountable for their actions anyway,” she said.

Armijo apologized to DeSantiago’s family in court and asked for a second chance “to make a difference in life.”

The judge ordered Armijo to turn himself in two days before Christmas.