Ledes from the Land of Enchantment

Jesus Zapata-Beltran convicted of the murder of a man on the run from MPs

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A man who killed an innocent driver while fleeing MPs learned of his fate on Tuesday, December 21. old Robert Chavez.

Now he will be behind bars for more than a decade. In August 2018, Zapata-Beltran was behind the wheel of a stolen car that was discovered near Coors Blvd. and Iliff from Bernalillo County MPs.

Beltran led BCSO on a chase to Broadway and Avenida Cesar Chavez. He was driving more than three times the speed limit when he collided with another vehicle and injured Chavez.

Chavez was in a coma for 11 days before he died. His family spoke on Tuesday about the loss they suffered. “Robert really was the glue that held our large family together. He lived to serve his family and his God and not himself, ”said Jackie Peña, family of Robert Chavez.

“There’s no reason we should have lost my uncle. No reason. My uncle was a big part of our family and now it’s gone and we’ll never get it back, ”said Margaret Pacheco-Adol, Chavez’s niece.

The state demanded 15 years on Zapata-Beltran’s criminal history, including an arrest of a stolen car in 2017 and another shortly before the accident. The judge agreed that his criminal Pst show no remorse.

After serving his eleven years in prison, he will be on probation for another four years. During Tuesday’s sentencing, Zapata-Beltran apologized to the victim’s family.

He added that he hoped this condemnation would give them a sense of justice. Robert Chavez’s family filed an unjustified death lawsuit against BCSO. Bernalillo County paid them $ 700,000 to settle the case.

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