Minor receives 8-year sentence for murder in New Mexico - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Minor receives 8-year sentence for murder in New Mexico

PORTALES, NM (KCBD) -

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the D'Angelo Montoya, the 13-year old juvenile convicted in April of Second Degree Murder, was sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed by New Mexico Statutes.  The Court ordered that Montoya be committed to Children, Youth, and Family Department until age 21 for the murder of Angel Vale. 

Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matthew Chandler announced today that the D'Angelo Montoya, the 13-year old juvenile convicted in April of Second Degree Murder, was sentenced to the maximum penalty allowed by New Mexico Statutes.  The Court ordered that Montoya be committed to Children, Youth, and Family Department until age 21 for the murder of Angel Vale.

In April of 2011, after a four-day jury trial, Montoya was found guilty of Second Degree Murder, Aggravated Burglary, Larceny, and two (2) counts of Tampering with Evidence.  Sentencing was postponed until today to allow for the completion of a diagnostic evaluation. 

During the trial, a Roosevelt County jury heard evidence that D'Angelo Montoya broke into Angel Vale's home, stole a firearm belonging to Vale's boyfriend, and ended up shooting Vale with that same weapon.  At the sentencing hearing today, members of Vale's family spoke, including her father, mother, boyfriend, and other friends and family. 

District Attorney Matt Chandler and Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer prosecuted the case on behalf of the State.  The Honorable Drew Tatum presided over the trial and sentencing.  During the sentencing, Judge Tatum called the murder "senseless" and felt "sickened and disheartened" by the incident. 

Deputy District Attorney Donna Mowrer stated, "Nothing can bring Angel Vale back but I believe the Court administered the proper sentence and justice was served".

Information provided by 9th Judicial District Attorney of New Mexico

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