ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – The man accused of killing the mother of two New Mexico state cops in a robbery wants to withdraw his guilty plea in another case. Luis Talamantes Romero is accused of killing Jaqueline Vigil in November 2019 in the driveway of his house on the west side as she made her way to the gym.
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Talamantes Romero was later arrested in Texas and charged with being in the country illegally and subsequently pleaded guilty. At that time, he faced up to five years in prison. However, following his murder charges, prosecutors filed a motion asking for 20 years, which is allowed when an offender has been shown to have a history of violence and pose a threat to the safety of the community. .
His lawyer argues he should have known about it before his plea and is now asking a judge to allow him to withdraw it. We don’t know when the judge will rule.