Teen jailed for 25 years after pleading guilty to murder of dad, stepmom
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A teenage boy pleaded guilty in court on Thursday to killing his father and stepmother more than a year ago.
Matthew Liewald, who is now 16-years-old, pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder.
He was sentenced to 300 to 378 months in prison for the murders.
Liewald called 911 in September 2011 and confessed to shooting Christian Hans Liewald, 43, and his wife Cassie Meghan Buckaloo, 24.
Liewald is accused of ambushing his parents in their Pineville home.
Officers were called to the home of Liewald and Buckaloo in the 12300 block of Buxton Drive, just south of Pineville, around 2:05 a.m. on Monday, September 26.
Police say he shot his stepmom eight times and his dad four times. Both suffered gunshot wounds to their head, face and chest.
During a taped confession, the teenager told officers that he was scared of his father, had been recently grounded for missing curfew and wanted to runaway to Mexico.
"I wasn't really thinking about what I was doing...I wasn't thinking about the consequences." Liewald says in the taped confession.
During court sessions in 2011, Liewald's attorney argued that the teen was subjected to abuse, threats and intimidation by his father and that he didn't necessarily mean to kill Cassie.
Pastor Wayne Lynch, with Morningstar United Methodist Church, was one of nearly a dozen supporters that showed up in court on Thursday to be with Matthew.
"There are no winners in this, everyone loses, including this 16-year-old who now has to spend the next 25 years in prison."
Assistant District Attorney Bill Bunting, who oversaw the case, called the case very tough for everyone involved.
"I'm not gonna say Matthew had a perfect childhood," he told WBTV. "Matthew's childhood was not as bad as some would contend."
He says that Christian Liewald's family believed the plea deal was too harsh, but Bunting argued that Buckaloo's family would disagree. He says his job was to get justice for the community as a whole.
"I feel for him, but the facts of the case are egregious," Bunting said.
Pastor Lynch called Matthew a very bright young man.
"It's very easy to forget about Matthew, but he and his family will not let that happen," Lynch told WBTV.
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