Downvalley murder suspect gets plea offer
October 10, 2007
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A man accused of first-degree murder in a fatal West Glenwood Springs shooting has been offered a plea bargain that could greatly reduce his time in prison.
The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office offered Jesus Hernandez de Jesus, 33, the option to plead guilty to second-degree murder. If he does plead guilty, it would reduce his possible range of sentences from life in prison or the death penalty down to 16-48 years in prison.
Public defender Garth McCarty said Hernandez de Jesus was advised of his right to waive the preliminary hearing in order to keep the plea offer on the table.
A day-long preliminary hearing was scheduled for Tuesday, but it was shortened to a brief status conference after the public defender’s office filed a motion to continue the preliminary hearing Friday.
Mesa County SWAT team members arrested Hernandez de Jesus on a warrant with $3 million bond after entering a duplex in Clifton on June 26.
Navarrete Prudencio was shot four times with a .40-caliber weapon on June 25 at the Ponderosa Lodge in West Glenwood Springs.