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Sentencing in immigration case postponed

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sentencing on immigration charges has been postponed until Nov. 17 for a Mexican national who has been named as a suspect in the fatal shooting last November of the 55-year-old mother of two New Mexico State Police officers.

Luis Talamantes, 33, was scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday on illegal reentry charges in a federal courtroom in San Antonio, Texas.

Luis Talamantes

Federal prosecutors are seeking an enhanced sentence of 20 years for that immigration crime, citing his alleged involvement in the death of Jacqueline Vigil on Albuquerque’s West Side. He has not been charged in that slaying.

Talamantes’ attorney asked for a continuance Friday.

Talamantes is accused of fleeing to Texas after the shooting, which occurred as Vigil was sitting in her car outside her home, preparing to leave for the gym. Tips to Crime Stoppers led Albuquerque police to alert Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents of his whereabouts in San Antonio. He has been held on illegal reentry charges since January.

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