Suspect in Victoria Martens case sentenced on drug charge | KOB 4

Suspect in Victoria Martens case sentenced on drug charge Web Staff
January 11, 2018 06:14 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A suspect in one of the most tragic cases New Mexico has ever seen, was sentenced to seven years in a separate case.


Jessica Kelley pleaded guilty to a drug charge last year. On Thursday, a judge sentenced her to seven years in prison in that case. In court, prosecutors called out Kelley's two prior felony convictions and called her a repeat offender. They then asked for an additional four years to be added on to what would have been a maximum sentence of three years.

In response, Kelley's attorney said that the state was asking for the enhancement because of her pending murder case and called that case the "elephant in the room."

Kelley's sentencing for the drug charge was delayed back in August of 2017 after her attorney said Kelley would have been sent to the women’s prison in Grants, making it difficult to prepare for her trial in the death of Victoria Martens.

Kelley, her cousin Fabian Gonzales and his girlfriend Michelle Martens are all charged in that case.

Victoria was brutally killed in August 2016 on her 10th birthday.

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