ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) — An Albuquerque man who has been connected to two killings, drug dealing, shooting at police and buying guns from an APD cop’s wife is finally heading to prison.
Christopher Blattner, 33, took a plea deal in Albuquerque District Court Thursday, pleading “no contest” to several cases. One of those cases is tied to the death of Kathy Paquin, an Albuquerque woman who went missing years ago and whose body still hasn’t been found.
Blatter made the plea-deal in court via phone to three different cases, wrapping up all of his pending litigations which has been in the works since 2007.
The first charge Blattner pleaded to is a second-degree murder charge. Prosecutors say Blatter killed a drug dealer George Orozco, in 2007, disposing of his body on the West Mesa near Route 66 Casino.
“The defendant did admit to buying heroin from Mr. Orozco,” said David Waymire, deputy district attorney.
The second charge Blattner pleaded to Thursday was related to an August 2012 Albuquerque Police SWAT situation. Blattner holed up in his home for nine hours when police went to arrest him on the Orozco murder charge.
“The defendant had fired two shots out of the house,” said Waymire.
But the third case Blattner pleaded to is the one that’s stumped Albuquerque Police for a couple years: the disappearance of an Albuquerque woman named Kathy Paquin.
Paquin was last seen at her home near Eubank and Indian School in 2012. Investigators say Blattner was Paquin’s neighbor and had befriended the older woman. After she disappeared, tens of thousands of dollars subsequently disappeared from her bank account.
“She went missing and essentially disappeared and has never been seen since, her body has not been recovered at this point,” said Waymire.
Court papers filed in 2014 detailed that Blattner told his wife that he killed Paquin, but didn’t say why.
Prosecutors say the plea deal will finally put an end to part of the mystery.
“Although we believe there’s enough evidence to demonstrate that Chris Blattner killed Ms. Paquin, her remains are still, have not been found and this requires Mr. Blattner to provide details on how she died and where she is now,” said Waymire.
Blattner’s plea deal will put him in prison for 28 years. He pleaded to charges in District Court over the phone on Thursday because he’s in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service. That’s because Blattner is also facing gun and drug charges in Federal Court.
As a part of Thursday’s plea deal, prosecutors say that Blattner should resolve his federal case soon and any sentence he receives will run concurrent with the 28 year prison sentence he’s received in District Court. It’s unclear if Blattner will serve his time in state or federal prison, but state prosecutors are pushing to keep him in New Mexico’s Department of Corrections. Ultimately, the Feds will decide.
The federal gun charges Blattner is facing are tied to buying guns from an APD officer’s wife, Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor was charged for lying on the paperwork to buy those guns that she then peddled to Blattner. According to court documents, Taylor is set for sentencing in April 2014.