Gonzalez Sentenced to 40 Years for Green Bay Teen's Death
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GREEN BAY - A De Pere man will spend 40 years in prison plus 20 years extended supervision for the death of 15-year-old Jeremy Teller last July.
19-year-old Julio Gonzalez learned his sentence Monday afternoon inside the Brown County courthouse. According to police, Gonzalez shot at Teller in a case of mistaken identity.
"What happened in this case is life in Green Bay, Wisconsin met gang-style culture," said Judge Marc Hammer during Monday's sentencing.
Reports show Teller and a friend were walking in their neighborhood on July 31, 2012, when Julio Gonzalez and six other people showed up looking for a fight with someone else.
Monday, Gonzalez's attorney pushed for a lesser sentence, given Gonzalez's young age.
"A fifteen year sentence with 15 years of extended supervision is more than sufficient," he said.
But Judge Hammer disagreed, saying gang-like violence will "not be tolerated" in our community.
"His family was crying, but my family and I probably will cry for the rest of our lives. We lost a young kid," said Jeremy's father, Joseph Teller.
"Forty years? No, not enough," said Jeremy's uncle, Frank Teller. "I don't know if we carry the life sentence in Wisconsin or not, but either way -- even that life sentence is not going to change the fact that Jeremy was killed."
Gonzalez chose not to make a statement during Monday's sentencing. He'll be in prison until he's 58 years old.