CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A teenage boy has pleaded guilty to killing his father and stepmother in court on Thursday morning, more than a year after their murder.
Matthew Liewald, who is now 16 years old, pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder.
He was sentenced to 300 to 378 months in prison for the murders.
Liewald called 911 in September 2011 and confessed to shooting Christian Hans Liewald, 43, and his wife Cassie Meghan Buckaloo, 24.
Liewald is accused of ambushing his parents in their Pineville home.
Police say he shot his stepmom eight times and his dad four times. Both suffered gunshot wounds to their head, face and chest.
During a taped confession, the teenager told officers that he was scared of his father, had been recently grounded for missing curfew and wanted to runaway to Mexico.
"I wasn't really thinking about what I was doing...I wasn't thinking about the consequences." Liewald says in the taped confession.
During court sessions in 2011, Liewald's attorney argued that the teen was subjected to abuse, threats and intimidation by his father and that he didn't necessarily mean to kill Cassie.