Teens sentenced in burglary that ended with fatality

Teens sentenced in burglary that ended with fatality

Credit: Arizona Department of Corrections

Flavio Medina Trujillo, 17

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by Mike Gertzman

Video report by Steve Ryan, Feb. 8 2013

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 11:36 AM

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PHOENIX -- Two teens were sentenced to prison on Monday for their role in a burglary that ended with someone dying.

Flavio Medina Trujillo, 17, was sentenced to seven years in prison and Jose Mejia, 16, was sentenced to five years in prison. They both pled guilty to one count of manslaughter.  

Trujillo and Mejia were with two other teens when they broke into a house in February 2013 in the area of 7500 W. Weldon Avenue, near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road.

The homeowner entered through his front door and discovered that his house had been ransacked.

As he entered the house, two suspects ran out the carport door. Two more suspects then ran from the bedroom area of the home, with one of the men, later identified as 16-year-old Mario Barcenas, reportedly running at the homeowner.

The homeowner was carrying a handgun at the time and shot Barcenas with one round.

The police were called to the home and Barcenas was taken to the hospital where he eventually died.

Trujillo and Mejia were charged under Arizona's felony murder rule, which stipulates that individuals can be charged with murder if someone is killed while they're committing a felony.

The fourth teen involved in the burglary still has a case pending in Maricopa County Superior Court.

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