SANTA FE — A teen who fatally shot a man who was reportedly threatening the boy’s mother made a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve two years of probation.
Hunter Woods, 16, admitted guilt to two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm, Santa Fe District Attorney spokesman Henry Varela confirmed Thursday.
Woods shot 39-year-old Ricardo Magana in the abdomen with a shotgun at a Santa Fe apartment complex in April. Woods’ mother said Magana, who was her boyfriend, was threatening her with a baseball bat. Prosecutors initially said they would pursue murder charges against Woods, but he was later indicted for voluntary manslaughter and other charges.
“This is a tragic case that lacked enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that HW committed the homicide or that he did not act in self defense or the defense of others,” Varela said in an email. “Under the terms of the plea, HW is facing the same children’s court jurisdiction that he faced if adjudicated for voluntary manslaughter.”
Woods was arrested about a week after the incident and is a suspect in two other shootings where no one was hurt.