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April 12, 2022

Nicholas Montoya Sentenced

Nicolaus Montoya Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for the 2020 Death of Taylor Stevens-Smith 

Nicolaus Montoya Sentenced to 18 Years in Prison for the 2020 Death of Taylor Stevens-Smith 

Albuquerque, NM – This afternoon, Nicolaus Montoya was sentenced to serve 18 years in the Department of Corrections for second degree felony murder and tampering with evidence. 

On September 28, 2020 officers were called to an apartment complex in regard to a suspicious death. When officers arrived, they found the body of 21 year old Taylor Stevens-Smith covered in tarp. According to the criminal complaint, Stevens-Smith had suffered a gunshot wound the previous evening, but police were called to the scene hours later to conduct a welfare check.  Witnesses later stated that Montoya was hanging out at a friend’s apartment after just having been released from jail.  Montoya picked up a handgun that was on the coffee table of the apartment and shot Stevens-Smith, for no apparent reason, while he sat on a couch. Officers located Montoya the following day at his grandmother’s house. 

“The sentence brought by the judge today reflects the crime Mr. Montoya committed in 2020,” said District Attorney Raul Torrez. “The victim’s family and friends who shared Taylor Stevens-Smith’s memory today hopefully take some comfort as Mr. Montoya will be spending almost two decades in prison.” 

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