Prosecutors say Kacy Caddel may not have killed Sarah Rogers with his own hands, but just being there made him guilty. Caddel fled to Colorado and was brought back to Lubbock six days after the murder. Prosecutors also blame Caddel for not reporting the murder and hiding evidence and when it all added up, it equaled 25 years behind bars.
Seeing 20-year-old Kacy Caddel get 25 years for killing 14-year-old Sarah Rogers is no relief to her family, but they do say it's part of the healing process. "It's kind of like closing a box and putting the box away so you don't have to look at it anymore," said Sarah's aunt, Marilyn Murfee.
"The family still has a lot of questions. We've said we're glad these guys pleaded guilty and taking responsibility for their actions but we don't know what happened to Sarah out there," said Prosecutor Matt Powell.
But Powell says he believes at one time, Caddel may have held Sarah's legs while James Martinez beat Sarah to death.
However, no one knows for sure because Martinez nor Caddel have fessed up to what happened that night in October 2000. Since Caddel was there, Powell says that's all he needed to convict Caddel of murder.
As for Sarah Rogers family? They are not completely satisfied. "Sarah's mother understands, Kacy, Jill, Sarah's sisters understand. They don't like it. I don't like it either, but I think based on what we had and the evidence, Mr. Caddel's participation, I think it was an appropriate sentence," said Powell.
Two weeks ago, James Martinez pleaded guilty to Sarah's murder and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. And Powell says he knows for sure, Martinez was the one who killed Sarah Rogers. Caddel will be eligible for parole in 12 to 13 years. He will be 33 by then. Powell told me violent criminals usually end up serving 90% of their time before they're paroled.