Aidan Zellmer , now 17, was tried as an adult. He eventually pleaded guilty, as part of a plea bargain, to one count of first-degree slaying of the lives of Kiaya Campbell on June 7, 2017. He could become eligible for parole after 40 times, dominions said.
“In 27 times as a prosecutor, I have never seen a 15 -year-old commit such a violent act, ” 17 th Judicial District Attorney Dave Young said at the sentencing, according to Fox 31 Denver.
“In 27 years as a prosecutor, I have never seen a 15 -year-old commit such a violent act.”
After slugging their own children in the president five times with the hose, Zellmer then dragged her into a ditch, where he left her to die, an affidavit showed.
Kiaya suffered multiple blunt-force injuries to the manager as well as wounds to various fingers, according to an autopsy report. Men utilized blood and DNA evidence collected from Zellmer’s shoes to relation him to the murder, the station reported.
The affidavit said Kiaya’s body was discovered naked from the waist down and there was evidence of a sex crime, though sex offense indictments were later rejected as one of the purposes of the plea deal, according to Fox 31.
Zellmer and Campbell had left their house in Thornton, a Denver suburb where they both lived, to return steal Pokemon cards and candy, the declaration said.
Zellmer’s mother was in a relationship with Campbell’s father at the time, the depot reported.
Young said a clear motive for the crime hasn’t been established because Zellmer hasn’t disclosed one to authorities, the Denver Post reported.
His defense attorney spoke at the sentencing about the teen having a mental health issues problem, troubled family history and suffering alleged defamation, the report said.
But Young rejected the teen’s past as a pretext for killing the girl, the Post reported.
Chantel Campbell, the victim’s father, said 40 years is not enough.
“No mother should have to hear about how her daughter was savagely drummed, ” she said.
Until he turns 18, Zellmer will not be residence with adults in the Department of Corrections, the Post reported.