Juvenile DeAngelo Montoya Convicted
in Murder of College Student
Portales, NM- Ninth Judicial District Attorney Andrea Reeb announced today that after a week-long trial, DeAngelo Montoya, age 18, of Portales, NM was convicted by a Roosevelt County jury of Second Degree Murder, Aggravated Burglary, Tampering with Evidence and Larceny. The jury heard testimony from neighbors, friends, law enforcement and expert witnesses in DNA, Fingerprint, Firearms, as well as from an expert in Forensic Pathology. The 6-person jury deliberated approximately one and one-half hours before rendering their verdicts this afternoon.
Montoya was accused of shooting and killing local college student Angel Vale in July 2010 when he was 13 years old. Today marked the end of his second trial. DeAngelo Montoya has been in CYFD custody since his first trial in April of 2011 in which he was convicted of second-degree murder, aggravated burglary, two counts of tampering with evidence and larceny, and sentenced to live in a juvenile facility until the age of 21. The New Mexico Supreme Court overturned the court’s decision last year and remanded the case back to Roosevelt County for a new trial.
The Honorable Drew D. Tatum presided over the trial, and heard emotional statements from Angel Vale’s family after the verdicts were announced. Before imposing sentence, Judge Tatum said, “This is one of the most tragic and disturbing cases I have heard in my eight years on the bench.” Speaking to Montoya, he said, “You have lost a major part of your childhood, but that can’t compare to the lost life of Angel Vale.” Tatum sentenced Montoya to the maximum allowed by the juvenile system, remanding him to the custody of the Children, Youth and Families Department until age 21. Tatum denied the defense’s request that Montoya be allowed to spend time with his family before being taken back into custody.
The case was prosecuted by Chief Deputy District Attorney Brian Stover, and Deputy District Attorney, Jake Boazman. The defendant was represented by Assistant Public Defender, Chris Christensen.
For more information contact the District Attorney’s Office at 575-769-2246.