The teen shooter who left his 16-year-old victim dead in an Aurora parking lot was sentenced to 30 years in prison for his actions.
Hernandez-Flores and Rudolph were both students at Colorado Early College; they belonged to different friend groups. Investigators learned the groups had an ongoing dispute that had started with one student pushing another.
On the date in question Rudolph was with several of his friends; they encountered Hernandez-Flores near Tollgate Creek. Hernandez-Flores fired 14 rounds at the group. One hit Rudolph in the head and killed him.
Hernandez-Flores pleaded guilty May 24 to one count of second-degree murder. Other counts were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
“All the parties in this case are youthful; the tragedy is that Jeremy will never grow up because of the senseless actions of the defendant,” said Senior Chief Deputy District Attorney Vicki Klingensmith, who prosecuted the case. “A schoolyard spat escalated into a murder, and Mr. Rudolph’s family is left grieving because Jeremy will never come home from school again.”
“For whatever reason, this defendant thought it was a good idea to have a loaded gun with him that day,” said District Attorney John Kellner. “Because he chose to fire it into a group of teenagers, one of those young men is dead. Taking a gun to a fight is never a good idea. This defendant is serving a lengthy time in prison because of his choices and his actions.”