Sentence Handed Down for Boy Who Killed Brother, a Student at the Hennigan

The older brother of a Hennigan School student pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of the 9-year-old boy.

Juanly Pena, now 15, admitted to accidentally firing a .380 handgun into the chest of his younger brother Janmarcos at their Mattapan home on Feb. 7, according to the Boston Herald.

The older brother thought the gun wasn’t loaded because he removed the magazine, but a bullet remained in the chamber, Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Ian Polumbaum told the judge in the case, according to video from NECN.

Juanly Pena will remain in Department of Youth Services Custody until he is 21 and carry a suspended sentence of three years until he reaches 24.

For more, including the “downward spiral” Juanly Pena was experiencing just before the shooting, please visit the Boston Herald and NECN.