The families of the victims were not on board with plea agreements in place. Until about a month ago, they thought the three convicted men would each serve at least 20 years.
Several family members openly shared their frustrations with the court, before a judge ultimately decided to free the two men, Robert Wilson and Brandon Dowdy. Both will be on probation for 4 years and 6 months.
Anthony Williams – a minor when the shooting happened and the one who pulled the trigger – will serve a year in the CYFD.
The victims’ families expressed sadness and walked out of the courtroom during William’s sentencing. They have asked the judge to extend their plea hearing and hope the case will go to trial.
Martha Ortega, Joseph Santiago’s mother, said: “Your Honor, we have asked for justice.
The suspects said they acted in self-defense on the night of the shooting. Both the state and the District Attorney’s office have said there is enough evidence to support those claims.
The judge defended the DA’s decision to enter plea agreements in the case. She ruled that there was not enough evidence against the three convicted men to hold them for the proposed initial sentencing.
https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/judge-signs-off-on-plea-deals-in-2019-triple-homicide-case/6334007/?cat=500 Judge signs plea agreement in 2019 triple murder case