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Sentencing For Saline County Teen Delayed Again

KSAL Staff - September 22, 2014 3:26 pm

Sentencing is again delayed for an Assaria teen who shot his young stepbrother to death back in 2010.

18-year-old Ryan Velez was scheduled to be sentenced Monday afternoon for second-degree murder. Instead, he will be sentenced in November. It’s the second time the sentencing has been rescheduled.

Velez shot and killed 9-year-old Kaden Harper in June of 2010 at their rural Saline County home near Assaria. Prosecutors say the boys had been arguing over doing chores. Kaden had just finished third grade at Southeast of Saline School.

Velez, who was 14-years-old at the time, was charged as an adult. He was initially charged with first degree murder in the case. In 2011 he plead guilty to a second degree murder charge. He was sent to the state psychiatric hospital in Larned, where at the time it was said he could be there for up to 10 years. He is currently in the Saline County Jail.

The sentencing on Monday was delayed at the request of defense attorney Mitch Christians, who said that more time was needed to review mental health evaluations from Larned. Velez will be sentenced at 1:30 in the afternoon on November 3rd.

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