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Nehemiah Griego is back in court

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An amenability hearing for Nehemiah Griego resumed Monday after a monthslong pause brought on by the recusal of the initial judge hearing the case.

Nehemiah Griego

District Court Judge Alisa Hart is taking up the hearing where it left off when Children’s Court Judge John Romero withdrew from the case in December. At that point, the court had heard a week of testimony regarding whether or not Griego, who is now 22, should be sentenced as an adult or a juvenile.

Hart said in January that she would review transcripts in the high-profile case, which meant that the entire amenability hearing would not have to be repeated.

She is expected to hear testimony from a handful of witnesses who had not yet taken the stand during the December hearing, followed by closing arguments. A district court spokesman said the majority of Monday’s proceedings would be closed to the public. His attorneys had asked that portions of the hearing dealing with protected health information take place in private. The hearing is expected to last two days.

Griego was 15 when he shot and killed his parents and three of his siblings in the family’s South Valley home. He faces up to 120 years in prison if he is sentenced as an adult.

This is Griego’s second amenability hearing in the case. Romero sentenced Griego as a child following the first hearing in 2016, meaning he would be released on his 21st birthday. But days before that, the Court of Appeals ordered Romero to conduct a second hearing.

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