Teen sentenced to 25 years for 2012 homicide

Teen sentenced to 25 years for 2012 homicide

Teen sentenced to 25 years for 2012 homicide

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by KVUE.com

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Posted on January 31, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 31 at 5:00 PM

AUSTIN -- The teen who pleaded guilty to killing a 17-year-old last year has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Mark Brandon Dominguez, an aspiring firefighter, was shot and killed outside his South Austin home on Jan. 8, 2012.

The Austin American-Statesman reports that Judge Julie Kocurek sentenced Julio Cesar Castro, 17, to 25 years Thursday for the crime. In May a judge decided that Castro would be tried as an adult.

When a family member heard suspicious noises outside on Jan. 8, Dominguez went to see what was going on. When he confronted a man who was breaking into a nearby car, he was shot. He later died at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

Dominguez was involved in the Manchaca Firefighter Explorer Program, and he was buried with the same honors given to fallen firefighters.

"We are so thankful to the Manchaca Fire Department. They gave our nephew a funeral with honors of a fireman. He wanted to be fireman. He spent so much time with them. Now he can't live his dream. We can't kiss him. We can't hug him. We miss him so much. We want justice," Joe Martinez, Dominguez's uncle said last year.

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