Raleigh teens plead guilty in 2012 murder - WFLA News Channel 8

Raleigh teens plead guilty in 2012 murder

Posted: Updated:
Police respond to a shooting at Lexington on the Green apartment complex. Police respond to a shooting at Lexington on the Green apartment complex.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

Two Raleigh teens pleaded guilty Wednesday to the murder of 16-year-old Fernando Garibay-Benitez in August 2012.

Garibay-Benitez was shot to death Aug. 15, 2012, at Lexington on the Green apartment complex just a few blocks from where he lived in the Foxhall neighborhood.

Police say Garibay-Benitez was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Police arrested Brayan and Ceferino Hernandez-Sierra, who were 13 and 15 at the time of the shooting, in connection with the shooting.

Wednesday morning, the two teens pleaded guilty to second degree murder.

Brayan was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison. Ceferino was sentenced to at least 26 years in prison.

Prosecutors said the brothers and Garibay-Benitez were in rival gangs. There was no evidence the teens had ever knew each other.

In North Carolina, defendants typically are not tried in adult court until they are at least 16. But state law requires anyone 13 or older be transferred to adult court when charged with first-degree murder.

Garibay-Benitez's cousin, Chris Benitez, said the teen was supposed to be going to the store at the time that the shooting occurred. He was unsure why Garibay-Benitez would have gone to the apartment complex.

RELATED STORIES

  • Wake CountyMore>>

  • Helping Hand Mission hands out school supplies

    Helping Hand Mission hands out school supplies

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:42 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:42:09 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Many kids are ready for their big day at school, but others don't have the supplies they need. But outreach groups are looking to change that. Earlier today, Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh handed out plenty of school supplies.From pencils to book bags, more than one thousand kids are now well-equipped for the school year. The group says those supplies are critical to help families who've fallen on hard times. "Even the schools are hit hard and the teachers are going into their pockets to buy...
    Many kids are ready for their big day at school, but others don't have the supplies they need. But outreach groups are looking to change that. Earlier today, Helping Hand Mission in Raleigh handed out plenty of school supplies.From pencils to book bags, more than one thousand kids are now well-equipped for the school year. The group says those supplies are critical to help families who've fallen on hard times. "Even the schools are hit hard and the teachers are going into their pockets to buy...
  • Raleigh cold case 'solvable' 20 years later, detectives say

    Raleigh cold case 'solvable' 20 years later, detectives say

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:25:05 GMT
    A Triangle family says it is "optimistic" someone will come forward with information that may help police solve a 20-year-old cold case.
    A Triangle family says it is "optimistic" someone will come forward with information that may help police solve a 20-year-old cold case.
  • Wake Co. sees jump in teacher turnover

    Wake Co. sees jump in teacher turnover

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:48:42 GMT
    Wake County is seeing significant turnover in teachers – and still looking to hire teachers as the traditional school year approaches.
    Wake County is seeing significant turnover in teachers – and still looking to hire teachers as the traditional school year approaches.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.