Repeat offender on the run after striking plea deal

Justin Reynolds

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A man whose been in and out of jail dozens of times, most notably when his 3-year-old son shot him, is now on the run after he struck a sweet plea deal.

In Feb. 2015, Justin Reynolds was charged with child abuse. Reynold’s toddler got a hold of a gun and shot Reynolds and his pregnant girlfriend in an Albuquerque motel room.

Since the incident, the District Attorneys Office has not pursued the child abuse charge.

Then, in May of this year, Reynolds was again in trouble with the law for robbing a man and ordering his accomplices to pistol-whip the victim.

He’s racked up all sorts of other charges, too. Like, speeding, battery, assault, criminal damage, use or possession of drug paraphernalia. In all, he’s been accused of nearly two dozen other crimes since the shooting involving his son.

“This guy, obviously his past behavior can predict future behavior,” Albuquerque Police Department Officer Simon Drobik said. “And this guy’s just a crook.”

The cases against him, however, just keep getting dismissed – with the exception of just a few.

In September, he struck a sweet plea deal in District Court. He pleaded guilty to just one of the five crimes he was charged with in the pistol-whip burglary and also pleaded guilty to an unrelated aggravated assault.

For the two felonies, he was sentenced to four and half years probation.

Since his sentencing, though, he hasn’t been seen. Court documents show he’s missed five different check-in’s for his probation. Now, a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

APD says they’ll likely run across him, but hope when they do, he’ll go to jail and stay there.

“One of our worst of the worst,” Drobik said. “He’s out there all the time committing crimes, pretty much getting away with it. Very frustrating for the police department because one day we’re going to come across him in the act of a violent crime and who knows what’s going to happen.”

A court official tells KRQE News 13 that when Reynolds is caught, he’ll go away for four and a half years, because his sentence was deferred.

As for why his court cases keep getting dismissed and why he was able to strike such a good plea deal, a District Attorney’s Office spokesman says the child abuse case was dismissed because “because the gun in question was taken from the woman’s purse by the child […] the standard for charging Reynolds with child abuse could, therefore, not be met.”

Information on the other cases has yet to be relayed.

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