Teen Heather Trujillo gets 6-years suspended sentence at youth offender program after helping beat sister to death
A teen and her boyfriend from Johnstown, Colorado claimed that they were acting out the video game Grand Theft Auto 4 when they kicked, karate chopped, and body slammed 7-year-old Zoe Garcia. The two teens that attacked Garcia were her half-sister Heather Trujillo and her 17-year-old boyfriend Lamar Roberts.
Garcia later died at the hospital as a result of the beating she received from her sister and Roberts. This week, a judge in Weld County Colorado handed down a suspended sentence to Trujillo for her part in the beating death.
Trujillo will be sent to a youth offender program where she will serve a 6-year sentence rather than spend time in prison. The charge originally leveled against Trujillo and Roberts was child abuse resulting in a death. Trujillo pleaded guilty in May and agreed to testify against Roberts as part of a plea bargain.
The mother of both Zoe Garcia and Heather Trujillo, Dana Trujillo, asked the judge to be lenient in the sentencing of Trujillo according to 9News. The mother said, â€œI already lost one daughter. She made a huge mistake and she paid a huge price. My family hasn't had a chance to grieve for Zoe because of all this. We haven't been together, haven't got any time to express how this has affected us."
The prosecuting attorney in Trujilloâ€™s case asked the judge for the maximum sentence because of the brutality of the crime and because Trujillo could have stopped it. Robertâ€™s first appearance in court will be at a preliminary hearing on July 10.