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February 15, 2022

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Nathaniel Hernandez Found Guilty of First Degree Felony Murder for the Death of Jeff Baca

Nathaniel Hernandez Found Guilty of First Degree Felony Murder for the Death of Jeff Baca

Albuquerque, N.M. – This morning a jury found Nathaniel Hernandez guilty of first degree felony murder a lesser included of second degree murder with a firearm enhancement, aggravated burglary with a firearm enhancement, conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary and attempted armed robbery. The trial lasted ten days. Sentencing will be set at a later date.

Nathaniel Hernandez, along with five others, entered a home in Downtown Albuquerque on March 14, 2020. Hernandez and the group had the intention to rob people inside the house at gunpoint. Once Hernandez entered the residence he then shot and killed 38-year-old Jeff Baca and also shot and injured a teenager present in the home during the incident. Hernandez and co-defendants fled the scene after the incident took place.

In closing arguments, prosecutors Jordan Machin and Shonnetta Estrada highlighted the events of that night, proving that Hernandez visited the home with firearms, conspired to commit armed robbery which led to Hernandez shooting two people leaving one dead. Estrada and Machin also stated to the jury that “…retaliation, revenge, and robbery were recipes for disasters.”

“Mr. Hernandez has no regard for human life as my team proved today,” said Bernalillo County District Attorney Raul Torrez. “The eyewitness accounts and a survivor’s testimony illustrated the carelessness and malicious intent of Mr. Hernandez that night. I congratulate my team for bringing forward a strong case and hope that the victim’s family finds some peace in today’s conviction.”

 

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