Although the state sought the maximum penalty of 120 years, Judge Alisa Hart ruled Friday in a 16-page sentencing memo that Griego should serve the concurrent life sentences for killing his siblings, ages 2 to 9, and seven years each for his parents, the Journal reported. He is being credited with the nearly seven years he has already served, the station reported.
According to the Journal, Griego's attorney urged Hart during the sentencing hearing in October to sentence his client to probation and continued treatment in an out-of-state facility, but the judge deemed the request would "put society at too great a risk."
“…the court essentially has no choice but to protect society at the expense of defendant's continued trauma-informed treatment since such a targeted, sophisticated treatment is not available in the Department of Corrections,” Hart wrote, adding, “A sentence that addresses punishment and provides for the immediate protection of society, based on defendant's current level of rehabilitation, will likely undo the work accomplished through the juvenile system and place the public at greater risk in the future. The Court recognizes the failings created by the sentencing option of incarceration and would much prefer a different alternative that would allow for continued treatment in a locked setting, if one existed.”
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