Juanly Pena, 14, charged with shooting his 9-year-old brother to death in February, will be tried in open court and, if convicted could face the same prison sentence as an adult, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports
Pena was arraigned in Boston Juvenile Court this morning on charges of manslaughter and unlawful possession of a firearm for the death of his brother Janmarcos Pena, the DA's office says. He was ordered held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
The DA's office provided this account:
[Assistant DA Ian] Polumbaum told the court today that the defendant had stopped going to school after he was arrested for fighting. On the morning of the incident, he was home with his sister and younger brother, Janmarcos, who was playing video games while his mother went to the car as she undertook efforts to obtain home schooling services for the defendant.
At about 11:30, Polumbaum said, Juanly Peña approached his brother while holding a semiautomatic handgun. Peña later told investigators that he “squeezed the trigger,” believing the weapon to be unloaded because he had removed the ammunition magazine. Instead, this action discharged a round from the chamber.
Though Juanly Peña did not admit to aiming the gun at Janmarcos Peña, the bullet entered the younger boy’s upper chest from a distance of about two to three feet, Polumbaum said.
Investigators continue to try to find how the teen obtained the gun, the DA's office reports.