Posted By: ABQ RAW Staff

Posted On: 12/04/2023 @ 3:15 PM

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Albuquerque –

On December 2nd, 2023, we received an anonymous tip indicating that a potential plea deal is in progress for Isaiah Montoya, the 15-year-old implicated in the Coronado Mall shooting.

Allegedly, the proposed plea involves a mere nine months to 1-year sentence at the New Mexico Youth Diagnostic Development Center (YDDC) and then three months of probation/CCP.

Following this information, we contacted the District Attorney’s Office for a statement. They informed us that Montoya is scheduled to appear in juvenile court in person on Tuesday afternoon. However, no additional details, such as confirmation of a plea deal or denial of a plea deal, were provided. Attempts to reach Montoya’s defense attorney, Adam Oakey, have gone unanswered, despite waiting for over 36 hours.

Montoya has been charged with Shooting at an Occupied Building, Disorderly Conduct, Unlawful Possession of a Handgun by a Person, Unlawful Carrying of a Deadly Weapon (concealed loaded firearm), and Criminal Damage to Property.

This marks the second instance of a potential plea deal extended to a juvenile offender in the past two weeks.

Isaiah Espinosa, aged 17, is one of four individuals accused in the December 2022 murder of Albuquerque Academy student Jada Gonzales. Espinosa, who was 16 at the time of Jada Gonzales’ slaying, pleaded guilty on November 21, 2023, to being an accessory to armed robbery in connection with a separate case from November 2022. Despite still facing charges related to the December 2022 murder of Jada Gonzales, questions arise regarding the necessity of offering a plea deal when Espinosa is showing behaviors of being a repeat juvenile offender.

District Attorney Bregman has been making the rounds at schools imploring kids and young adults to stay away from guns and how bad choices today can lead to permanent consequences, including losing their freedoms. The DA has visited multiple schools as part of a new anti-gun initiative, including middle schools and high schools.

We will update you if we learn more information about this case or if a potential plea deal is reached tomorrow.


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