Thirteen-year-old Jeremy Huckabaa, originally of Willcox, will spend five years in juvenile prison for his role in the killing of Kristina McMullen of Elgin, on Sept. 6, 2001.
Huckabaa received the maximum sentence available for conspiracy to commit murder as a juvenile, said Santa Cruz County Attorney Martha Chase.
He was sentenced by Santa Cruz County Juvenile Judge Anna Montoya Paez in Santa Cruz County Superior Court. He was also ordered to pay $10,000 restitution to the McMullen family.
An appeal has already been filed at the Arizona Court of Appeals by Huckabaa's attorney Bradley Armstrong of Tucson.
"I don't understand this. I was shocked," said Huckabaa's mother, Carmen Martinez of Willcox.
"Jeremy had numerous chances to do the killing. But he didn't. He backed out of it. When the boys played 'rock, paper, scissors' to determine who would do the shooting, Jeremy lost and was supposed to do the shooting. But he didn't. He told Jonathan, 'You won, you do it,'" Martinez said.
Martinez said Jonathan McMullen admitted to the killing in his testimony during Huckabaa's trial, and Jonathan's father, Andrew McMullen, who was also shot during the incident, testified that Jonathan had shot Kristina seven times, as well as shot him once and his adopted son, Jack, twice.
Andrew McMullen said in the sentencing that Jeremy "showed no remorse," according to Martinez, who also spoke at the sentencing.
"I don't know where he got that," she said.
Jeremy sent a letter to the McMullen family, stating he apologized for what happened and wished he could "take back that day," Martinez said.
"Mr. McMullen needs to take off his blindfold and see the real picture. His son did not back out," she said.
Martinez, Jeremy's father David Huckabaa of Phoenix, and Armstrong were shocked by the sentence. She said she had hoped Jeremy would be sent to a place where he could be rehabilitated.
"I want my son to get help. He doesn't understand totally what has happened. I want him to know there is more to life than being locked up," Martinez said.
"All we can do now is wait for the appeal," she said.