Nathaniel Jouett apologizes in court during sentencing hearing

    Nathaniel Jouett reads statement in court apologizing for his actions on August 28th in 2017 that resulted in two deaths and others injured. (Drew Powell ABC 7 News)

    During day three of the Nathaniel Jouett sentencing hearing, the 18-year-old who pleaded guilty to the mass shooting at the Clovis Carver Public Library addressed the courtroom. He read a statement to the court closing the testimony portion of his sentencing hearing.

    "To everyone who was the at library on August 28th I'm sorry," said Jouett. "I'm sorry and I wish more than anything I could take back those actions back but I can't and that hurts me. I want to apologize to Wanda Walters and to Kristen Carter. I want to apologize to everyone who was inside the library. I am absolutely horrified by my actions and I take full responsibility. I deserve to be in prison for what I've done."

    He faces a maximum sentence of 96 years for the shooting deaths of two employees and injuring others.

    "He actually apologized to the victims which I respect him for doing that," said Andrea Reeb, 9th Judicial District Attorney. "I'm hoping the judge will give him a large sentence, I believe the punishment needs to fit the crime that has occurred. We're hopeful that the judge will see that."

    The proceedings for day three lasted just over an hour. The sentence will be announced by Judge James Judson on Friday at 2 p.m. mountain time at the Curry County Courthouse in Clovis.

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