ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – He was only a teenager when he murdered his entire family, and last year he was sentenced to life for the crime. Now the notorious murderer is hoping for a second chance.
Nehemiah Griego was only 15 years old in 2013 when he killed his father, mother and three young siblings in their home in the Southern Valley. Only last year he was sentenced to life imprisonment with the option of parole.
At the time, he told District Judge Alisa Hart, he had changed since that day. “If I hear from me from then on and from 15 and 16 to 17, I really don’t recognize myself,” said Griego.
A year later, new court documents reveal that Griego is still trying to prove that he isn’t the monster he once was. “These are the children who need the most rehabilitation and treatment and who simply need more time. Instead, our system just throws them away, ”says Griego’s lawyer Allison Jaramillo.
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As a result, Jaramillo appealed to the Supreme Court, claiming that his sentence was an unusual sentence and that he needed adequate spiritual help. “What we’re ultimately seeing is getting him to a facility where he can get this treatment,” she says.
This is in the hope that one day he can be a productive member of the community. “Provide adequate supervision as he reintegrates into the community. That would be the ultimate goal, ”says Jaramillo.
Only last year, however, his sisters made it clear that the family is still hurt and afraid of him. “While my helpless brother rushed to his mother’s aide to stop the bleeding and wipe her blood away, Nehemiah pointed to the gun in his face and told him he was next,” said Annette Griego.
Jaramillo says everyone who has worked with Griego agreed that treatment would be the best option for them. She also says that with the right treatment, his chances of offending again would be slim.
A court date for this appeal has not yet been set. Griego is currently serving his life sentence and could be paroled at 52.