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An Albuquerque judge spent hours Tuesday hearing arguments over how much prison time – if any – Nehemiah Griego should face for killing five members of his family in 2013.
State District Judge Alisa Hart is tasked with handing down a sentence of up to 120 years to the now-22-year-old convicted of fatally shooting his parents, Greg and Sarah Griego, and three siblings, Zephaniah, 9, Jael, 5, and Angelina, 2. As the all-day hearing concluded well after 5 p.m., Hart said she will issue her decision at a later date.
In a statement to the court, Griego said he is remorseful and apologized to his older sisters, three of whom spoke Tuesday on behalf of the prosecution. He also thanked individually two aunts and two uncles who have continued to visit him regularly while he’s been in custody and who had, he said, “shown me what forgiveness is” when he’d expected retaliation and abandonment.
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