Suspect in Hatch officer’s death pleads guilty

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The man who shot and killed Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez pleaded guilty Wednesday to capital murder.

Jesse Hanes was on the run from a murder charge in Ohio when Officer Chavez pulled him and his two passengers over in Hatch back in August.

Hanes shot Officer Chavez in the chest, then took off and tried to carjack two people at a nearby rest stop, shooting and injuring one of them.

Tuesday, Hanes pleaded guilty to federal carjacking and firearms charges, which will put him in prison for life.

Then Wednesday, he pleaded guilty to first degree capital murder which also carries a life sentence.

Hanes is being prosecuted under a federal, anti-violence law targeting “the worst of the worst.”

The goal of that law is to put away violent, repeat offenders for as long as possible.

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