ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A hearing to determine whether one of the teens accused of killing an Albuquerque bartender will be sentenced as a juvenile or an adult was held Friday.
Andrew Hubler is one of six teens police say were involved in gunning down Steven Gerecke in his driveway in 2015.
In September, Hubler took a plea deal dropping the murder charges against him.
Friday, the state argued Hubler should be charged as an adult while the defense argued he’s amenable to treatment and has shown progress since his arrest nearly two years ago.
“It would be the hope for the state and for the community in any case like this that any juvenile facing these kids of charges, finding themselves in this kind of situation would help us help him, and Andrew Hubler has not done that,” prosecutor Kevin Holmes said.
“He has stayed out of trouble. He has obtained his GED and he has put his substance abuse completely behind him,” defense attorney Megan Mitsunaga said.
Closings are scheduled for next month.
If Hubler is sentenced as an adult, he faces up to 21 years in prison.
Earlier this week, the trigger-man in the killing, Jeremiah King, was sentenced to a 25-year adult sentence.