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LaMadrid sentenced on weapons charge after acquittal on murder charge

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A man acquitted in the murder of a Tucson teenager has just been sentenced on an entirely different charge.

Last month a jury found Max LaMadrid not guilty of murder and manslaughter charges in the death of 16-year-old Tanee Natividad back in 2001.

Monday the victim's family was in the courtroom for LaMadrid's sentencing after his conviction for discharging a weapon at a non-residential structure.

Natividad's family has been through 12 years of frustration and emotional pain.

They say it's time to move on after what they feel is a failure of the justice system.

Monday a judge sentenced LaMadrid to seven-and-a-half years on the weapons charge.

It was the only charge he was convicted on after three trials.

LaMadrid was on the run for seven years after Natividad was shot and killed at a midtown Jack In The Box in what investigators call a case of mistaken identity.

LaMadrid's first two murder trials ended in hung juries.

A jury acquitted him of murder in the third trial.

Natividad's family is angry about the acquittal.

They feel they did not get justice

"I felt like I was kicked in the gut. I was beyond pain. I didn't feel anything. I was just...I was like that for like two weeks afterwards. I couldn't understand how the second trial was 11 to 1 going towards guilty and the third trial was not guilty at all," says Natividad's mother, Barbara Ann Nunez.

"I just can't say enough about this justice system here. And I hope everything turns out alright from now. Maybe now we can rest. My daughter can rest now and it's been a long 13 years," says Natividad's father, Tony Perez.

The two families say they will work on getting on with their lives after such a long ordeal.

"It's almost 12 years in November, this is the end of it. I'll never have to come back in here again. And no matter what they would've given him, they wouldn't have given her back to me. I just know that I did what I could, my part. There was no justice for this," Nunez says.

Perez says, "Putting us through this for 13 years is ridiculous. You know, it's just unthinkable. I just can't--I don't have the words to express my disappointment in this right now. But maybe--well, maybe we can go on from now."

LaMadrid declined to say anything before he was sentenced.

He may have been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years, but he is getting credit for time served which is 446 days.

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