Albuquerque teenager pleads responsible to homicide in 2019
ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – A teenager involved in the robbery and murder of an Albuquerque man could spend anywhere from zero to 30 years in prison. Jassiah Montoya pleaded guilty to the first degree murder in the death of Calvin Kelly on Thursday November 4th.
Investigators say Kelly was lured into a parking lot by Alexis Pina, a girl he was friends with on Facebook, and then held up by Montoya, who was then 15, and Adam Cazares, who was then 31 Robbed gun. The incident occurred outside of Kelly’s apartment on Juan Tabo and Candelaria in 2019.
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Prosecutors say the trio warned Kelly not to flee and when he did, Montoya ordered Cazares to shoot him. He shot him in the back and killed him.
Montoya agreed to plead guilty in the murder case and left it to a judge to decide how much time to spend behind bars. His lawyer says the time behind bars was the main factor behind the plea.
“This plea is unusual for me, at least in that the sentence in this particular case is first degree murder – the sentence can be suspended, any part of it. I discussed this with Mr. Montoya and of course that was an important reason for the decision to accept this plea, ”said Montoya’s attorney John McCall.
Cazares, who is accused of pulling the trigger, is still awaiting trial. Pina made a plea earlier, but that document is sealed. A second woman, Cynthia Salgado, was later charged with helping plot the crime. She pleaded no competition and is waiting for conviction.