JUAREZ -- A 16-year-old Juárez boy who killed his parents in 2011 because "they were suffering too much" was sentenced to 10 years in a juvenile prison Wednesday.
A juvenile offenders judge sentenced Angel Clemente Moreno Vázquez after he was found guilty of parricide, Chihuahua state prosecutors said.
State authorities said that the teenager will remain at the School of Social Improvement for Juveniles in Juárez to serve his sentence.
The shooting occurred in the Manuel Gómez Morin neighborhood in the early hours of Oct. 22, 2011, when Moreno Vázquez -- who was 15 years old at the time -- returned home from drinking and grabbed a .22-caliber pistol his father kept for protection.
The teenager first shot his father Angel Moreno Lucas, 48, who had poliomyelitis and then his mother, María Esther Vázquez, 38, who had problems with her back. Both parents were shot while sleeping.
Moreno Vázquez confessed to state investigators that he killed his parents because "they were suffering too much," according to state prosecutors.
The teenager told investigators that his father, who had difficulty moving and used a cane to walk, had been unemployed for five months and to support his family he sold hamburgers outside his house at night.
The boy also said that his mother took painkillers and was at risk of being paralytic.
After he shot and killed his parents, Moreno Vázquez woke up his 11-year-old brother and took him out of the home through a back door. That day both brothers did their routine activities, according to state prosecutors.
Authorities discovered the bodies of the victims in the home a day after the incident.
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