MESA, Ariz. — An Arizona teenager accused of killing his girlfriend’s
mother has been sentenced to 22 years in prison after reaching a plea agreement
Maricopa County Superior Court announced Friday that Judge Joseph Welty
sentenced 17-year-old Braden Rockriver for second-degree murder. He was also
sentenced to 11/2 years for disorderly conduct and will serve that sentence
Rockriver must also serve five years of supervised probation for assault when
he’s released from prison.
Police had alleged that Rockriver took his father’s gun from a closet and went
to his girlfriend’s house in August 2011 intending to either kill himself, or
kill his girlfriend and then commit suicide.
After a struggle, police said the gun discharged and the girl’s mother,
42-year-old Denna Strebe, was shot. She was pronounced dead at a Scottsdale
Rockriver fled but was captured two hours later.