Albuquerque teen who killed his family to remain in state custody until 21

Nehemiah Griego
FILE - Nehemiah Griego, 15, is seen in an undated photo provided by the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deptartment. Griego pleaded guilty Friday, Oct. 16, 2015, to two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of his parents and three counts of child abuse resulting in death in the slayings of his three younger siblings. He was 15 at the time of the January 2013 shooting. A Monday, Jan.12, 2016 hearing is set for 18-year-old Griego to determine whether he will be sentenced as an adult . (Bernalillo County Sheriff's Deptartment, File)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The teen who admitted to killing his parents and siblings learned his fate Wednesday after the judge heard from his family.

Nehemiah Griego will remain in state custody until he is 21. Officials say he could be released earlier under supervised release.

Some family members asked the judge to keep in mind the five victims in the case, while others said Griego deserves a second chance.

“My own faith and grace that God has shown me leads me to fight to give Nehemiah a second chance, the same second chance that my brother Greg was given,” Eric Griego said.

Griego was 15 years old in 2013 when he murdered his parents and three younger siblings in their South Valley home.

Earlier this year, a children’s court judge decided that Griego could be rehabilitated and should be sentenced as a juvenile instead of an adult.

Griego is about to turn 19 which means he only has only two years left.

Some family members said it’s not that they want Griego behind bars for life, but getting out in two years is too soon.

“We all love Nehemiah, we all want the best for him,” Cousin Cherie Ronquillo said. “Like I said we would be here with open arms for him that’s just the type of family we are.”

There is an online petition protesting Nehemiah’s sentence. It already has more than 2,000 signatures.

Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said her office will appeal the decision to sentence Griego as a juvenile. Her office said it could start the appeal process as early as Wednesday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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