Marc Wabafiyebazu, 15, the son of a Canadian diplomat, is being charged with first-degree murder in a Miami-Dade county court after a March drug deal turned fatal. Though charged as an adult, Wabafiyebazu may avoid prison by qualifying for a six-month “boot camp” program.
Global News reports that the program provides drug treatment, job training and courses aimed at behavioral modification. The court has not yet made its decision.
According to the Miami Herald, the boot camp is designed for defendants without a significant criminal record and who are between 14 and 24 years old. The boot camp has already screened Marc for physical and mental ability, and has deemed him fit for their next session beginning in February.
The widely lauded program puts “cadets” under house arrest, and will reportedly be the subject of an upcoming HBO documentary called “Rock & A Hard Place” produced by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
Wabafiyebazu is the son of Roxanne Dube, the Canadian General Consul for Miami.
As the Daily Mail UK reports, Wabafiyebazu’s lawyers claim that he was uninvolved in the drug deal, and only waited in the car as his brother Jean entered the drug dealers’ apartment. However, Marc has admitted to police that he was involved in the planning of the crime – thus facing first-degree charges.
The drug deal occurred on March 30. As was planned, Marc and Jean set up to buy two pounds of marijuana at $4,800 from drug dealers Joshua Wright, 17, Anthony Rodriguez, 19, and Johann Ruiz, 21.
Instead of buying the drugs, the brothers reportedly planned that Jean would steal the pot, and Marc would be waiting outside in the BMW getaway car.
Ultimately, Jean and dealer Joshua Wright exchanged fire inside the apartment killing one another.
Neither Rodriguez nor Ruiz were armed during the incident. They were charged earlier this year with third-degree murder and sentenced to the boot camp in October 2015.
Roxanne Dube, who became consul shortly before the murder, maintains that her son is innocent. Wabafiyebazu does not qualify for diplomatic immunity.
Wabafiyebazu’s attorney states that Marc was simply the victim of his troubled older brother’s life. The attorney further claims that Marc’s admittance of guilt was attained by “suspicious” means from the police and should be thrown out as improper.