A teen named Miguel Cano who was 13 years old when he stabbed his mother to death has been sentenced to 23 years in an adult prison for the crime.
He stabbed his mother Isabel Zuluaga, 44, was stabbed in the chest, face, and neck.
One stab wound went all the way through her chest and into the mattress she was laying on in her son’s room.
‘There are many people that my crime impacted very negatively, and to you I am sorry. I am not happy to have hurt you. Some have lost a good friend. Others, a good family member, and I am ashamed to have caused it.’
Cano’s lawyers said he had trouble controlling his emotions and was diagnosed with autism after his arrest.
They had sought to have him found mentally incapable to stand trial.
Zuluaga’s body was found by a contractor who came to the house to work.
When he didn’t get an answer at the door, the contractor went under the house and found Cano sitting there and blood dripping down from the floor.
Cano said he killed his mother the night before. Bloody paper towels were found around her body.
Prosecutors accepted a plea deal to voluntary manslaughter, which carried two to 30 years behind bars.
Public Defender Christopher Scalzo asked for a 13-year sentence because of Cano’s age and autism.
Family members and friends also testified Monday, saying Cano was smart and liked to play soccer, but also seemed to enjoy violence and had talked about murder.
‘I’ll continue to try my best to be a better person, not just during my incarceration, but as long as I live,’ Cano said.