Santa Fe man in NM 'Good Samaritan' death faces plea deal

Posted at: 04/22/2013 10:39 AM
Updated at: 04/22/2013 10:41 AM
By: The Associated Press

Photo: Adrian Gonzales
Photo: Adrian Gonzales

 SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico man acquitted of murdering a preschool teacher who intervened to stop a fight with his girlfriend is expected to plead to lesser charges.

Assistant District Attorney Susan Stinson says 31-year-old Adrian Gonzales could spend two years on supervised probation under a pending deal with prosecutors. The Dixon resident was acquitted last month of first- and second-degree murder in the 2011 fatal stabbing of 21-year-old Victoriano Moises Byrne-Gonzales.

But the jury could not reach verdicts on charges of involuntary manslaughter charge in the killing of Byrne-Gonzales and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the stabbing of another man.

A mistrial was declared on those charges.

The plea hearing is scheduled to be heard in state District Court on Thursday.

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