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Nathaniel Jouett to be sentenced as an adult

Nathaniel Jouett , now 17, will be sentenced as an adult, a judge has ruled. (KVII FILE )

A teen who entered a guilty plea in a mass shooting that occurred on Aug. 28, 2017, is to be sentenced as an adult after being denied an amenability hearing Tuesday, Dec. 17, according to a news release from the 9th Judicial District Attorney.

Judge James Hudson ruled that Nathaniel Jouett, age 17, of Clovis, NM is not eligible for an amenability hearing.

According to the release from Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb :

  • Hudson, in his 33 page order filed on Dec. 17, stated that Jouett is not denied equal protection under the law and that due process has not been violated by his ruling.
  • Jouett’s defense attorney, Stephen Taylor, had filed a motion asking the court to conduct a hearing and to find Jouett amenable to treatment.
  • This would have allowed Jouett to enter a rehabilitation facility and be released at age 21.
  • In the Court’s order, the amenability hearing is denied and Jouett will be sentenced as an adult.

On Oct. 17, 2018, Jouett entered a guilty plea to all charges stemming from the mass shooting that occurred on Aug. 28, 2017, at the Clovis Carver Public Library, the release said.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled in Clovis the week beginning Feb. 11, 2019. At that hearing, Judge Hudson, will have full discretion as to the sentence, which could range from probation up to two life sentences plus 96 years, Reeb said in her release.

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