CHESTER — A Lancaster teen charged with killing his first cousin entered a guilty plea this morning just as jury selection was set to begin for his murder trial.
Diego Reyes Campos, 16, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in connection with the December 2004 stabbing of Jessica Mora. The crime carries up to 30 years in jail, Circuit Judge James Barber said.
“Thirty years won’t give these folks justice because their child won’t be at the dinner table,” Barber said.
“You did a hideous thing, attacking this little girl,” Barber said.
Stephen Schusterman, Campos’ attorney, had mixed reactions to Barber’s ruling.
“I’m relieved he’s not going to jail for life without parole,” Schusterman said. “On the other hand, he was still a 14-old-boy who was sentenced to a significant amount of time in jail.”
For more details, see Wednesday’s Herald.