A man named Jesus Cartegena got a 50-year prison sentence for the fatal stabbing in Albuquerque of his girlfriend and her mother in their university area home in 2019. According to the Albuquerque Journal, Second Judicial District Judge Joseph Montano sentenced the defendant on Wednesday, July 28th. He also got five years suspended sentence for the fatal stabbing in Albuquerque of 19-year-old Shanta Hanish and 58-year-old Laura Hanish.
The 23-year-old defendant pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree murder with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence. According to the Albuquerque Police, Cartegena killed the women on June 21st, 2019, in their home near Girard and Coal SE. After the act, he fled to Mexico in Shanta’s car.
However, a day after, the man turned himself in to the El Paso Police Department. The double murder shocked the Albuquerque community as Laura worked as a social worker with the State Law Offices of the Public Defender. Shanta was a student at the University of New Mexico and a city lifeguard.
In a statement on Thursday, July 30th, the Chief Public Defender, Bennett Baur, said the public defender family is still hurting over the death of their dear friend and colleague. He described Laura as a deeply caring person, a dedicated social worker, and an advocate for their clients whom they miss so much.
Under New Mexico law, a second-degree murder occurs when a defendant kills another person while engaging in conduct that they know will create a strong probability of death or great bodily harm to another person. A common defense to murder charges is acting with lawful intent or lack of sufficient intent to kill, and an experienced criminal defense lawyer can help with this. Contact FBD Law to find out how.