Mother of 'tortured' boy expected to strike plea deal | KOB 4

Mother of 'tortured' boy expected to strike plea deal

Kai Porter
September 18, 2018 06:52 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. — The mother Jeremiah Valencia, the 13-year-old boy who was found dead in northern New Mexico, is expected to take a plea deal.


Tracy Ann Pena was scheduled to be court Wednesday morning for a bail hearing. However, court documents reveal the hearing will no longer take place.

Pena's attorney filed an unopposed motion to vacate court setting, which means she won't be appearing in court Wednesday for the continuation of a pretrial detention hearing.    

The motion states "the parties have reached an agreement in principle which would require Ms. Pena to remain in custody."

KOB has learned the terms of the plea deal are still being worked out. It's unclear if the plea deal would require Pena to testify against her boyfriend's son, Jordan Nunez.

Prosecutors believe Nunez tortured and beat Jeremiah to death.

Nunez's father, Thomas Ferguson, was originally the prime suspect in Jeremiah’s death but, in April, he committed suicide in jail.

Defense attorneys for Nunez claim Ferguson forced him to commit the abuse and Nunez was afraid of his father.

Nunez is expected in court Wednesday.

Jeremiah's sister is expected to testify as a witness about how Nunez killed her brother.


Kai Porter

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