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Feds: Suspect in Hatch officer's death pleads guilty

The Associated Press
May 31, 2017 07:14 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The suspect in the fatal shooting of a Hatch policeman has struck a plea deal in federal court that will send him to prison for the rest of his life.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office says Jesse Denver Hanes of Columbus, Ohio, pleaded guilty to attempted carjacking and four other charges. He still faces a first-degree murder charge in New Mexico state court and an unrelated murder charge in Ohio.

Authorities say Hanes fatally shot Officer Jose Chavez during a traffic stop on Aug. 12. Police say he fled the scene and tried to carjack two people at a rest stop. They say he then carjacked a man after shooting him in the leg.

Hanes is scheduled to go on trial in New Mexico in September. Chavez was a two-year veteran of the Hatch police force.

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