Eureka Teenager Pleads Guilty to Voluntary Manslaughter

EUREKA, Ca (KIEM)- A Eureka teenager has admitted to a stabbing that resulted in a death at Oceanview Cemetery back in 2018.

Christopher Sterling, 16, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter with use of a knife. The maximum sentence for his crime is 12-years, but under state law he can only be held in a Department of Juvenile Justice Facility until his 25th birthday in 2027.

Sterling was only 11 days away from 16 when he stabbed 16 year-old Brandon Brocious.

The District Attorney’s Office could have sought to have him tried as an adult if Sterling had been 16.

The victim’s father says he is happy that Sterling took accountability for his actions.