ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – One of the suspects accused in the murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens was in court again Thursday. This time, for sentencing stemming from a huge probation mistake that KRQE News 13 exposed.
Fabian Gonzales will finish his two year probation sentence in jail. Thursday’s hearing was from a 2014 domestic violence and child abuse case where he beat his girlfriend while driving around with their baby in the car.
In February of last year, the judge sentenced Gonzales to a two year probation. Last month, he admitted to violating it by never reporting to a probation officer after his sentencing.
Thursday, the state asked the court to declare Gonzales a fugitive, meaning he would have to serve two full years in jail. The judge denied that motion, saying the state never issued the necessary warrant for Gonzales.
As KRQE News 13 uncovered, the Corrections Department didn’t know a judge had put Gonzales on probation. Supervised probation would have required drug testing and home visits.
Gonzales will now have to finish what’s left of his probation jail. He’ll be done in February.
When that’s up, Gonzales won’t be going anywhere. He’s being held on a $1 million cash bond for the rape and murder of Victoria Martens.
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