RALEIGH, North Carolina — Two Raleigh brothers have pleaded guilty to killing a 16-year-old male last year.
Seventeen-year-old Ceferino Hernandez-Sierra and 14-year-old Brayan Hernandez-Sierra pleaded guilty in Raleigh on Wednesday to second-degree murder, conspiracy and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.
Sixteen-year-old Fernando Garibay-Benitez died in a drive-by shooting in August 2012.
Brayan was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison. Ceferino was sentenced to at least 26 years in prison.
In North Carolina, defendants typically are not tried in adult court until they are at least 16. But state law requires anyone 13 or older be transferred to adult court when charged with first-degree murder.
Prosecutors said the brothers and Garibay-Benitez were in rival gangs. There was no evidence the teens had ever knew each other.