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Fabian Gonzales, one of three people charged in the rape and murder of 10-year-old Victoria Martens, should have been under close supervision by the criminal justice system – or even possibly behind bars – at the time of the young girl’s death.
He was neither.
After pleading no contest in February 2015 to two felonies – abandonment of a child and battery on a household member – Gonzales was sentenced to two years of probation by 2nd Judicial District Judge Cristina Jaramillo.
But Gonzales never checked in with the probation and parole office, a violation that could have landed him behind bars, said Alex Sanchez, the deputy secretary of administration for the Department of Corrections. And a probation officer was never assigned to Gonzales, she said.