18-year-old imprisoned for murder

An 18-year-old man who gunned down 14-year-old Chaparral High School student Jared Flemming was sentenced Friday to 20 years to life in prison.

Barron Hamm, who was 17 at the time of the May 2009 shooting, pleaded guilty in March to second-degree murder with use of a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon.

District Judge Linda Bell sentenced Hamm after listening to a tearful statement from Flemming’s mother.

“This case is a tragedy for everyone involved,” deputy public defender Scott Coffee said.

Prosecutor Sonia Jimenez called the sentence appropriate considering Hamm shot the victim in the back.

A high school freshman and avid skateboarder, Flemming was killed one day before his 15th birthday.

Flemming was shot while running away from the gunman at his sister’s apartment near Nellis Boulevard and Sahara Avenue.

Contact reporter Francis McCabe at fmccabe@review or 702-380-1039.

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