Juanly Pena was on a “bad spiral” last winter.
Then 14, Pena had been in trouble in school and with the law, and he claimed gang members had been threatening him at school and in his Mattapan neighborhood. So, he met a friend at a T station to borrow a gun, a Suffolk County prosecutor said.
The next day, Pena used the firearm to shoot his 9-year-old brother as he played a video game in the family’s apartment — a fatal shooting that prosecutors and Pena agree was an accident.
Pena, who is now 15, admitted to sufficient facts in Suffolk County Juvenile Court for manslaughter and a firearms charge in the death of his brother, Janmarcos, on Feb. 7.
“Juanly, this was a tragic and horrific accident which I believe you’ll forever have in your memory,’’ said Judge Terry M. Craven, who sentenced Pena to be held in the custody of the Department of Youth Services until he turns 21. “I have to urge you, Juanly, to use your time in DYS wisely.”
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