Teens who strangled classmate could get life in prison

The family of a 17-year-old murdered by two classmates in Wylie last year may soon learn the punishment for his killers.  

Ivan Mejia was a senior in high school when two classmates lured him to a street behind their school and strangled him.

The classmates, Brenden Bridges and Adam Staup, pleaded guilty to murder this week.

Prosecutors showed how the two planned the murder for days and even dug a shallow grave the night before.

Bridges liked the same girl that Mejia did, and Staup helped Bridges plan and execute the murder.

The teens were 16 when they killed Mejia, and their attorneys say neither had a history of cruelty before the killing.

The defense spent the week calling character witnesses, friends, family members and former to the stand to testify that Bridges and Staup were average students with no history of violence toward people or animals before they killed Mejia.

Judge Mark Rusch has the option to sentence the killers to as little as five years in prison to up to 99 years/or life.

FOX 4 asked Mejia's family if there's a particular sentence that they as the parents want to see handed down.

They say that they want to see Staup and Bridges punished, but the time period is up to the judge.


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