WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy who murdered his teacher by shooting him between the eyes on the last day of school was sentenced yesterday to 28 years in prison.
Nathaniel Brazill, who was tried as an adult, had faced at least a 25-year minimum sentence and could have received life in prison for killing Barry Grunow at Lake Worth Middle School on May 26, 2000.
Brazill, wearing a bright red jumpsuit and shackles, showed little emotion as Circuit Judge Richard Wennet rendered his decision.
The 28-year sentence is without the possibility of parole or time off for good behavior.
In issuing the sentence, Judge Wennet had to decide whether the teen would be a danger to society or could be rehabilitated. But he made no public comment on his reasoning for imposing the 28-year sentence.
The judge ordered the teen to earn his high school diploma, take an anger management course and spend two years in a form of house arrest after completing his sentence. He also will serve five years of probation.
Defense attorney Robert Udell said the family will appeal and will then ask the governor for clemency if necessary. “I can tell you he’s pleased. Nathaniel just wanted to know if there is a light at the end of the tunnel,” Mr. Udell said.