Goshen News, Goshen, IN

Local News

December 13, 2013

Teen gets 65 years for murder

Teen gets 65 years for murder

(Continued)

The Impala sped away. According to one witness, Barhams said, “I got shot, I got shot,” then fell to the ground.

Medics were called to the scene and transported Barhams to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 7:39 p.m. Macedo-Perez was arrested June 23 at his home.

In court Thursday, Chief Deputy Prosecutor Vicki Becker said Macedo-Perez joined and was associated with the Latin Kings gang. Macedo-Perez’s gang involvement began when he was 14 years old.

A family grieves

On the witness stand Thursday, Kenneth Barhams said he never thought he’d bury his child. The slain youth’s mother, Jeanette Dancler, also talked about the impact of the murder.

“It’s broken my heart to the point where I didn’t want to live,” Dancler said. “...I never got to say goodbye to my son.”

Dancler said she doesn’t hate Macedo-Perez, adding, “I actually feel sorry for him.” She also voiced a question about her son’s murder.

“I would like to know why,” she said. “Why was he chosen to be killed?”

Barhams’ cousin, Victoria Honorable, also told Macedo-Perez her family doesn’t hate him.

“We forgive you, because if we hold vengeance against you, that’s our soul,” she said. Someone called out “Amen!” from the audience section.

Given the opportunity to speak, Macedo-Perez apologized to Barhams’ family, and started to address his own.

“To my family, I’d like to say...” Macedo-Perez began before he broke down. His attorney, Kevin Milner, finished reading the teen’s prepared statement. In part, it was directed to his mother.

“I should have been a better son,” Milner read on his client’s behalf. “You didn’t fail me.”

Near the end of the sentencing, in response to a question from Judge Shewmaker, Macedo-Perez said he made a big mistake and he can’t take it back.

“Violence is not the answer, is it?,” Shewmaker asked.

“No,” Macedo-Perez replied.

Text Only
Local News
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Poll

With military action and tensions escalating between Russia and Ukraine, as well as Israel and Palestine, are you worried that the U.S. and other nations may get drawn into these conflicts?

Yes, it is a great concern of mine
I’m a little worried, but not too much
No, I’m not worried at all
     View Results
AP Video
Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US