Video: Sentencing hearing for Fabian Gonzales
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After being convicted of all charges he faced for his role the brutal murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, Fabian Gonzales was sentenced Thursday.
Gonzales was sentenced to 37 1/2 years after facing a maximum of 40 1/2 years in prison. Two of the tampering with evidence charges were merged into one, to avoid double jeopardy, which reduced the sentence.
The charges he was sentenced on are as follows:
- Child abuse with reckless disregard resulting in the death of a child under the age of 12: This first-degree felony carried a mandatory 18-year sentence under New Mexico law.
- Six counts of tampering with evidence: Each count is a third-degree felony, carrying a three-year sentence, which resulted in 18 years for those charges.
- Conspiracy to commit tampering with evidence: This fourth-degree felony holds a one-and-a-half-year sentence.
Judge Cindy Leos laid out her explanation for the sentencing Thursday. You can watch the proceedings in the video above.
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