ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Tohajiilee man got more than 40 years in federal prison almost five years ago for raping a family member. On Thursday, he was back in state court in a murder case.
Eddie Chaco, now 35, has spent the last five years behind bars. Before that, he spent a chunk of his life involved in sickening crimes, starting at age 19.
Derron Tsosie was brutally beaten to death. His body was dumped at a vacant apartment complex in 2010. Chaco was arrested.
He was tried and convicted for raping a family member from the time she was age 9 until the time she was age 11. Chaco is serving a 43 year sentence for the crime.
The murder case in state court experienced delays. Almost six years, five prosecutors and three judges later, Chaco entered an Alford plea. Essentially, he pleaded guilty, yet maintained his innocence.
“For the past six years, we have been painfully trying to cope with our loss,” said Eddie Tsosie, the victim’s father.
“The precious memories of my son Derron will never be eradicated from our minds,” he told the judge.
Chaco received 16 years, the maximum allowed in the murder case. His sentence will serve concurrently.