A 15-year-old Rio Rancho boy could face over 30 years in prison if convicted.
Brayden Baldree is facing multiple charges including second-degree murder.
During Thursday afternoon’s juvenile detention hearing, the Sandoval County District Attorney’s Office made a request seeking adult sanctions be placed against him. In other words, if Baldree is found guilty, he could receive the same sentence as an adult.
He is currently being held at the Bernalillo County Juvenile Detention Center. Sandoval County doesn’t have its own juvenile detention facility.
A pretrial hearing has been scheduled for March 18.
Late Tuesday morning, Rio Rancho Police Department and Rio Rancho Fire and Rescue responded to a call about a decreased woman, later identified as Baldree’s 45-year-old aunt Carmen Kester, in the 1200 block of Mirador Loop. When they arrived, they found multiple gunshot wounds in the victim, according to the RRPD.
According to the court petition, before leaving, Baldree allegedly hid Kester’s body. The document did not provide any more details.
By the time RRPD and Fire and Rescue arrived, Baldree had left after allegedly taking his aunt’s red sport utility vehicle and driving it across the city. Rio Rancho schools were put on lockout during the police pursuit. Baldree was caught and arrested off Sundt Road near Pearl Drive in the afternoon.
Along with second-degree murder, Baldree is facing charges of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, a fourth-degree felony; unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony; and tampering with evidence.
If Baldree is found guilty and a judge decides he will receive adult penalties then he could face up to 35 years in prison and a $37,500 fine.