- Associated Press - Friday, August 28, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for the 2010 death of an Espanola man he had been partying with the night of the assault.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports (https://bit.ly/1NEbzY9 ) 33-year-old Joseph Gallegos was sentenced Thursday after being convicted last month of aggravated battery.

Gallegos had reportedly been drinking alcohol and snorting painkillers with Gilbert Martinez and others before a fight broke out. Police say Gallegos and Martinez got into a fistfight, and witnesses told investigators they saw several people beating Martinez, who later died.

Morgan Wood of the public defender’s office argued that a sloppy investigation and missing evidence made it impossible to determine what occurred that night.

But the judge said the tragic death was partly a result of Gallegos’ actions.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, https://www.sfnewmexican.com

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