Man signs plea agreement in Grand Junction for 102 years for killing pregnant girlfriend
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado ” A man facing 18 charges in the slaying of his pregnant girlfriend has agreed to a century’s worth of prison time.
Lonnie Ray Herrera, 39, has signed off on a plea agreement that calls for 102 years in prison, plus five years mandatory parole, in exchange for guilty pleas on six counts, according to an agreement inked by Herrera, his attorney Deputy Public Defender William McNulty and Chief Deputy District Attorney Dan Rubinstein.
Herrera has agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a previous offender, in addition to four habitual criminal charges, which are sentence enhancers under state law.
Herrera also agreed to serve consecutive sentences on each count: It all adds up to 102 years in prison.
Mesa County prosecutors have agreed to drop all remaining charges, including first-degree murder and four felony murder counts ” all related to the March 30 shooting of 23-year-old Anna Macias outside Garden Village Apartments, 2601 Belford Ave.
Herrera confessed to grabbing Macias’ hair and shooting her once in the neck as her two children watched, according to court records.
Macias’ newborn daughter, Maria, was delivered the night of the shooting via emergency Cesarean but removed from life support two days later.
The plea paperwork was filed in Mesa County District Court on Tuesday.
Herrera at the time of the shooting was serving active parole after being released from prison in August 2007. He’d served two years of a three-year sentence for felony menacing in Delta County.
State records say Herrera was arrested 16 times over 20 years, serving prison stretches from November 1989 to May 1993 for assault in Eagle County and from December 1995 to February 2002 for assault in Delta County.
Herrera was arrested March 17 on a warrant for allegedly punching Anna Macias repeatedly in the head in February.
Herrera, however, was not charged with an alleged parole violation and instead walked out of the Mesa County Jail on March 21 after posting $2,000 bond.
Nine days later, he gunned down Macias.
Herrera is scheduled to enter his pleas this morning in District Judge Brian Flynn’s courtroom.
Sentencing is expected at a later date.
Gabriel Rodriguez, Anna Macias’ brother, said he hadn’t talked about the deal with other family members.
“As long as I know he’s going to die (behind bars), I don’t care,” Rodriguez said.
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