Man hopes to plead in death


May 22, 2019

PORTALES — Charged last year with second-degree murder for the April 2018 shooting death of Dylan McKay, 23-year old Angel Loya hopes to plead down to voluntary manslaughter in a conference this morning in Roosevelt County.

Loya told Portales police last year that she shot McKay in self-defense, stating that “it just happened.” McKay, 24, died from a single gunshot to his back right shoulder, according to court records.

Deputy District Attorney Jake Boazman confirmed with The News that Loya intended to enter a plea of guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. today in the court of Judge Donna Mowrer.

Open argument will follow, Boazman said, and sentencing from Mowrer will follow attorneys’ open argument.

Loya’s defense attorney, Gary Mitchell, declined comment on the hearing.


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