West Glenwood murder suspect considering plea offer
Jesus Hernandez de Jesus has more time to decide if he’ll plead guilty to second-degree murder or face a first-degree murder charge at trial.Hernandez de Jesus, 33, was expected to enter a plea Wednesday after previously waiving his right to a preliminary hearing to consider the plea offer. But Public Defender Tina Fang asked for more time for him to consider the offer and discuss it with his family.”As the court can imagine, this is a very stressful situation – not only for him but for his entire family,” Fang said. “His family is a wreck, and this afternoon we were on the phone with some of them, and ‘hysterical’ is not putting it lightly.”Hernandez de Jesus is accused of shooting to death his 20-year-old nephew, Ricardo Navarrete Prudencio at the Ponderosa Cabins in West Glenwood Springs on June 25.If Hernandez de Jesus pleads guilty to second-degree murder, he would face a possible sentence of 16 to 48 years in prison. If he goes to trial and is found guilty of first-degree murder, he could face life in prison or even the death penalty.Ninth Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson said he appreciates the magnitude of the decision Hernandez de Jesus must make. But he added that he also must consider the needs of the community.”I just don’t want this thing to get set out another six months,” he said. “Witnesses are elsewhere, and it obviously makes it more difficult for the people to find and marshal witnesses who don’t want to be found and marshaled in the first place.”Hernandez de Jesus is expected to enter a plea on Dec. 10.”I want to consider this in the nature of a drop-dead date,” said Judge Daniel Petre.Hernandez de Jesus was arrested in Clifton on June 26. Glenwood Springs Police investigated and suspect that Hernandez de Jesus shot and killed Navarrete Prudencio, after Navarrete Prudencio had an affair with Hernandez de Jesus’ wife in Florida.Navarrete Prudencio was shot four times with a .40 caliber weapon. He told his mother and co-workers that his uncle had threatened him in the past, according to an arrest affidavit, and that he planned to move back to Mexico the week he was shot because he was still afraid of him. Authorities located the Clifton address after finding it listed in relation to a previous offense.Contact Pete Fowler: firstname.lastname@example.orgPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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