New Mexico library shooting teen suspect pleads not guilty

Posted at 2:53 PM, Sep 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-21 17:53:50-04

The teen accused of killing two people and seriously injuring four at a New Mexico library has waived a scheduled arraignment and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The Eastern New Mexico News reported Thursday that 16-year-old Nathaniel Jouett could potentially face two life sentences and 117 years in prison if convicted.

He has been charged with two counts of murder and numerous other crimes stemming from the Aug. 28 shooting at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. He remains in custody at the Curry County jail.

Assistant Public Defender Stephen Taylor did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment on Jouett's plea.

The Associated Press generally does not identify juveniles accused of crimes. It is identifying Jouett because of the seriousness of the crime and because authorities are seeking adult sanctions.