Under Tuesday’s decision and an earlier plea agreement, Alires, now 18, could be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.
State District Judge Daniel Ramczyk made the ruling Tuesday morning during an amenability hearing, which seeks to determine whether a juvenile can be rehabilitated. If so, he or she is sentenced as a child and may remain in custody until age 21, and if not, the defendant is sentenced as an adult.
Ramczyk’s ruling diverged from the recommendations of state and defense experts and a juvenile probation officer, all of whom found that Alires was amenable to treatment.
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