A Mexican national sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of the mother in 2019 of two New Mexico State Police officers in a case which attracted national attention.
Luis Talamantes – Romero received a 26 1/2 year prison sentence on Wednesday, for eight additional felony convictions relating to the death of Jacqueline Vigil.
He refused to speak before sentencing.
Talamantes-Romero was found guilty in April of murder in the first degree, along with aggravated robbery and burglary, as well as conspiracy, tampering evidence, and other charges.
Authorities reported that Vigil, 55 was shot and killed in November 2019 during an attempted break-in outside her home in the northwest of Albuquerque. She was shot as she left her driveway to go to the gym.
As he promoted his “tough-on-crime” agenda, then-President Donald Trump became interested in the case. Vigil’s parents also traveled to Washington, D.C., in order to meet Trump.
The crime was committed at random, according to prosecutors. Talamantes Romero and her passenger were driving around Vigil’s upscale neighborhood in search of cars they could burglarize.
According to authorities, the man who was with Talamantes Romero when Vigil died agreed to testify as a condition to his plea deal with the state for charges unrelated the murder.