TUCUMCARI, N.M. (KRQE) – The Tucumcari teen, accused of killing his adoptive mother and sister, pled guilty to the crime Thursday putting him behind bars until the age of 21.
Tony Day was 14 years old when he stabbed his adoptive sister Sherry Folts to death, and shot his mother, Sue Day in their home in 2012.
Day then allegedly went into his 16-year-old brother’s room, told him what he had done and then said he needed help “killing the rest of them.” Police believe he was referring to his father and a foster child who were also in the home, but the brother wrestled the gun away.
Since Day’s arrest, there have been a number of hearings to determine how well day would respond to treatment. Doctors and the judge agree he can be rehabilitated, that means Day will be sentenced as a juvenile. That means the longest he would be locked up is until he is 21 years old. Day is almost 16 now.
In court Thursday, Day changed his not guilty plea to guilty.
There has been no real clear motive identified.
Day’s attorneys have argued in past hearings that his life in his adoptive home was chaotic, and Day had been abused by his biological parents when he was very young.