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.

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