Teens in violent Kingman home invasion await sentences

Two teens face sentencing for their roles in a December home invasion connected to a homicide the month before.

Jesus Camacho, 19, has already been sentenced to six years for one count of burglary in the first degree for serving as the lookout when two others kicked in the door of a home in the 2200 block of Kingman Avenue Dec. 18.

Kokapelli Beecher, 16, and Louis Walema, 16, were charged with the same count of burglary in addition to aggravated assault after police said the two then confronted the homeowners in a bedroom and began beating a 28-year-old male with a baseball bat.

The man's girlfriend retrieved a shotgun and fought with the men. In a struggle with one of the suspects, the gun went off, hitting both the boyfriend and Walema.

When police arrived, they found Walema bleeding where his bone was protruding from his right knee. He reportedly told the officer, "I don't want to die, I'm only 15."

An infant in the home during the attack was not injured.

Walema faces up to 6½ years in prison when sentenced June 26. Kokapelli was in court Friday pleading guilty to his charges and faces up to 12½ years in prison when sentenced later this summer.

The home invasion was reportedly in retaliation for a hit and run in November in which 23-year-old Nickolaus Gerenscer, a cousin of one of the suspects, was killed in front of a residence in the 2100 block of Valentine Avenue. Michael Rivera, the father of Gerenscer's on-and-off again girlfriend, faces murder charges for Gerenscer's death.