Teen accused in death of Albuquerque man faces judge

Ryan Archibeque
Ryan Archibeque

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One of the kids who was there when an Albuquerque man was murdered in his own driveway, faced a judge Monday to see if he will be sentenced as an adult.

Police, court officers and psychologists are laying out their cases for why Ryan Archibeque should be sentenced to juvenile jail until he’s 21, or spend up to 15 years in prison.

Archibeque was a 17-year-old Highland High School student when he and five friends went on a crime spree and one of them shot and killed Steven Gerecke after he found them in his garage in 2015.

Archibeque’s been out on an ankle monitor. His supervisor says the teen shows promise.

Gerecke’s family wants him sentenced as an adult. The judge will hold another hearing before making a decision.

Five teens including Archibeque struck plea deals in the case on lesser charges.

Jeremiah King, who was sixteen at the time, has pleaded guilty to the murder.


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