Man faces 7 years in Española beating death

Joseph Gallegos
Joseph Gallegos

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – An Española man could spend more than seven years behind bars for beating a man to death near his toddler.

Police say Joseph Gallegos beat 30-year-old Gilbert Martinez after drinking and snorting pain-killers with some friends.

Jurors couldn’t determine if he intentionally killed Martinez. The defense argued that medics may have caused his death by improperly placing a breathing tube.

Gallegos has been convicted of aggravated battery and child abuse charges. He had his toddler son with him that night. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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