Judge sentences man for Jacqueline Vigil’s murder

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A judge sentenced Luis Talamantes-Romero to a life sentence plus additional time behind bars for killing Jacqueline Vigil in her own driveway in 2019.

Talamantes-Romero faced up to life plus 31 1/2 years in prison. Judge Britt Baca-Miller sentenced him to life plus 26 1/2 years.

Before the judge handed down his sentence, we heard several impact statements, given the nature of the case.

In November 2019, Vigil’s husband found her shot and killed in their driveway. She was the mother of two New Mexico State Police officers.

Last month, a jury found Talamantes-Romero guilty of all charges related to her murder. It took the jury four hours to deliberate and come to a verdict.

Talamantes-Romero is convicted of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated burglary with a deadly weapon. He is also convicted of attempted armed robbery, tampering with evidence, larceny and conspiracy to tamper with evidence and to commit aggravated burglary.

See a livestream of the sentencing on our YouTube channel.