Two Wylie, Texas, teens pleaded guilty to murder on Monday.
Brenden Bridges and Adam Staup were just 16 years old when they strangled 17-year-old Ivan Mejia in March 2014 following an argument over a girl, according to The Dallas Morning News.
Mejia’s corpse was found facedown in a stream with his hands and feet bound with duct tape.
The teens were arrested after they were spotted in the woods by a police officer. When he asked them what they were doing, one answered, “We are burying a body,” according to ABC News.
Bridges and Staup subsequently never tried to argue their guilt – they entered their guilty pleas without the benefit of plea bargain.
Prosecutors are arguing for life in prison for both boys. “The murder was premeditated, it was personal, and it was extremely violent,” prosecutor Ashley Keil said.
But the defense hopes for a sentence of 20 years in prison. The teens “never had a firm grip on what the ultimate consequences might be,” said defense attorney Edwin King.
Indeed, after their arrest, Bridges asked the lawyer when he could go back to school.
But Mejia paid for Bridges’ jealousy with his future. “My son’s life is destroyed,” his father Flavio Mejia testified. “I have no words to express this.”
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