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Portales man convicted in fatal shooting

 

Last updated 10/9/2021 at 2:56pm

Jonathan Mendez

PORTALES — A Portales man was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to 33 years in prison Tuesday, according to a release from the district attorney’s office.

Jonathan Mendez, 20, was also convicted of armed robbery, tampering with evidence, shooting at or from a motor vehicle and contributing to the delinquency of a minor in connection to a Sept. 11, 2020 robbery of Brady Vallejos and Jean Pierre Brodie at gunpoint. Vallejos received a gunshot wound to the head and later died in a Lubbock hospital.

Vallejos’s family provided a statement to the court: “Our family now lives with an emptiness that can never be made whole.”

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Quentin Ray, while Mendez was represented by criminal defense attorney, Anna Aragon, of Albuquerque.

According to court records, others charged in connection to the case include:

• Diego Morales, 19, faces eight charges, including first-degree murder and armed robbery. A bench warrant was issued for him last October.

• Brodie, 24, of Dexter, pleaded last month to a charge of conspiracy to commit distribution of a controlled substance, and received an 18-month sentence suspended with probation.

• Ashlie Alarcon, 20, pleaded guilty on charges of harboring a felon, and tampering with evidence and received four and a half years of probation.

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