The Eastern New Mexico News - Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

Teen found guilty of murder (updated)


April 15, 2011

A Roosevelt County jury late Friday found 13-year-old DeAngelo Montoya guilty of fatally shooting 21-year-old Angel Vale last summer.

After almost four hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of guilty on all counts against Montoya, including second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny.

District Judge Drew Tatum ordered a diagnostic examination of Montoya before sentencing. He said he wanted as much information as possible before making the difficult sentencing decision.

Montoya faces a maximum sentence of commitment in a Children, Youth and Families Department group facility until age 21.

District Attorney Matt Chandler said state statute prevents prosecutors from seeking adult sanctions against Montoya because of his age. He was charged with breaking into Vale’s house, stealing her fianc


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