SANTA ANA — A judge sentenced 14-year-old Richard Hubler of Anaheim to the California Youth Authority today for second-degree murder in the June 14 shooting death of his 12-year-old sister, despite emotional pleas from family and friends for a lenient sentence that would have kept him in Orange County Juvenile Hall.
Superior Court Judge Robert E. Thomas said Hubler needs the time a Youth Authority commitment will require to "develop a self-discipline he answers to."
Hubler at first lied to police, telling them that intruders had shot his sister, Gema Marie Hubler, in her bedroom at their Anaheim Shores home. He later said he shot her accidentally.
But prosecutors introduced evidence that the two had argued vehemently just before the shooting. And a girlfriend Richard Hubler had been speaking with on the telephone a short time before heard him tell his sister to shut up or he would shoot her.