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Roswell man convicted for 2018 shooting incident

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A Chaves County jury convicted Sebastian J. Montes Thursday of aggravated battery (use of a deadly weapon) following a two-day trial in a New Mexico 5th Judicial District Court.

Sebastian J. Montes (Submitted Photo)

Montes, 22, was found guilty of shooting a 28-year-old man April 5, 2018, as the two men sat in a vehicle in an alley in west Roswell.

The two men were allegedly smoking marijuana or another substance in the alley south of Capitan Park, near the corner of West Alameda Street and Evergreen Avenue, when the shooting occurred shortly before 11 p.m.

The victim, who survived his gunshot wounds, told Roswell Police Department investigators that Montes was showing him his gun and then Montes started shooting him.

Following the incident, Montes fled to California, it was later learned. With the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service, Montes was located in California and arrested Sept. 26, 2018.

His trial took place Wednesday and Thursday. His sentencing hearing for the third-degree felony conviction has been set for Nov. 25.