Glenwood murder suspect offered plea deal
October 9, 2007
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” A man accused of first-degree murder in a fatal West Glenwood Springs shooting was offered a plea bargain to second-degree murder.
If he accepted it, that would reduce the range of penalties from life in prison to the death penalty down to 16 to 48 years in prison. Jesus Hernandez de Jesus, 33, was accused of first-degree murder and a weapons violation for possessing a firearm after a previous offense.
Hernandez de Jesus waived his right for a preliminary hearing in order to keep the offer on the table, and waiving the hearing does not constitute an acceptance of the agreement, public defender Garth McCarty said.
Hernandez de Jesus is accused of shooting to death his 20-year-old nephew, Ricardo Navarrete-Prudencio, the night of June 25 at the Ponderosa Lodge in West Glenwood Springs. Police believe Hernandez de Jesus shot and killed his nephew after an affair he had with Hernandez de Jesus’ wife in Florida.
Hernandez de Jesus will be expected to enter a plea on Nov. 14.