Teenager sentenced in stepbrother’s death

Ryan Velez (KSN File Photo)

SALINA, Kansas (AP) – A rural Kansas teenager was sentenced to just over 10 years in prison in the shooting death of his younger stepbrother.

Eighteen-year-old Ryan Velez was sentenced Tuesday in the June 2010 death of 9-year-old Kaden Harper. The boy died when Velez, who was 14 at the time, shot him at their home in rural Assaria.

The Salina Journal reports that Velez has spent about four years at Larned State Hospital for second-degree murder and was referred to the county court after his 18th birthday for further sentencing. With time served, Velez is expected to be in prison for about five years and nine months.

Velez’s attorney argued for a shorter sentence, or a sentence that would have allowed the teenager to receive outpatient treatment while on probation.

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