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Montes sentenced to four years for 2018 shooting


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A man was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison on one count of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Sebastian Montes (Submitted Photo)

Sebastian Montes, 22, of Roswell, was sentenced at a hearing in New Mexico 5th Judicial District Court in Chaves County to three years incarceration on the aggravated battery charge, enhanced by one year for using a firearm in commission of the crime, according to court documents.

Montes will serve two years of parole upon completion of his prison sentence and will receive 426 days of pre-confinement credit, leaving him with 1,034 days left to serve.

A jury found Montes guilty in November following a two-day jury trial in New Mexico’s 5th Judicial District Court in Roswell.

Montes faced charges for shooting a 28-year-old male multiple times in his right arm and the right side of his chest on April 5, 2018 while the two were sitting in a vehicle parked in an alley south of Capitan Park near the corner of West Alameda Street and Evergreen Avenue.

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Both men were sitting in the vehicle smoking marijuana or another substance, when Montes showed the victim the gun and started shooting at him, according to an affidavit filed April 6, 2018 in Chaves County Magistrate Court.

Montes then fled the scene before police arrived. The U.S. Marshal Service found and arrested him in Lancaster, California in September 2018. He was subsequently extradited back to Roswell to face charges.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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