ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Attorneys for two teenagers accused of beating two homeless men to death are trying to convince a judge to treat them as juveniles in the court system. Lawyers for Nathaniel Carrillo and Gilbert Tafoya who were 16 and 15 at the time of the beatings are arguing that the boys should not be locked up beyond their 21st birthdays because they are too young to understand the true consequences of their actions.
The two along with 18-year-old Alex Rios are accused of beating three men as they slept in a dirt lot off of Central last July with cinder blocks and poles. The third man got away.
The attorneys’ argue the boy’s brains could have been affected by their rough home lives.
If the boys are treated as adults they could get life sentences. Rios is already facing that because he was 18 at the time.