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.