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Santa Fe Man Sentenced to Six Years for Second-Degree Murder

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A Santa Fe man on Tuesday was sentenced to six years in prison for his role in the killing of a 26-year-old man outside St. Elizabeth’s shelter last October.

The sentencing of Alfred Valdez, 24, came in state District Court in Santa Fe after he pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree murder for the Oct. 8 slaying of Orlando Haws.

Haws was stabbed and struck over the head with a rock in the parking lot of the shelter. Valdez was the one who used the rock while his brother, Ernesto Valdez, was believed to have used a knife to stab the victim, according to Deputy District Attorney JoHanna Cox.

Police believe the fight was over a woman with whom Ernesto Valdez was once romantically involved.

The case involving Ernesto Valdez, whose mental health status has been called into question, is still making its way through the court system. As part of the plea deal, Alfred Valdez may testify against his brother.



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